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Scented Bus Stops
Arcade Marketing Inc., in tandem with the California Milk Processor Board, is putting up a new type of advertisement at bus stops that emit the smell of chocolate chip cookies. The ad, which will be placed at five bus stops in downtown San Francisco, utilizes the company's technology called MagniScent®, which disseminates smell via scent-infused adhesives affixed to the inside of the bus shelters and undersides of the benches. While scent-based advertisements have been used in magazines, it's supposedly a first for outdoor advertising. Though, I swear some fast-food burger joints deliberately pump burger smoke outside just to get me to walk in! Interesting that the Milk Board would use cookie smell to attract attention to milk. Source: Strange New Products
Ads by Consumers
Maybe the writers finally ran out of ideas for the MasterCard "Priceless" ads. That's what it looked like earlier this year when they sat an actor down in a chair and had him type out empty spaces, inviting viewers to try filling in the blanks themselves. Apparently, the ad copywriters were just up with the latest fashion. This is the moment of in-your-hands consumer advertising -- the kind generated by the masses rather than for the masses. From Emerald Nuts' make-your-own contest to Mozilla FireFox's posting of consumer-produced spots at firefoxflicks.com, the creative directors seem to be handing over the work to us common folk. There's marketing powerhouse Procter & Gamble, responsible for such memorable ad icons as Folger's Mrs. Olson and "99 and 44/100 % pure'' Ivory soap, offering a $1,000 prize to foodservice professionals who can come up with the best pitch for the Dawn Grease Fighting Arsenal used in cafeterias and restaurant kitchens. All these efforts to encourage consumer-generated marketing may look like a cheap trick to get free ideas, but advertising executives say there's more to it. What's actually happening is the industry is trying to plug into a very connected online audience that has little patience for traditional ads. Source: Post-Gazette.com
Buyjake.com is a website set up by a mother who thinks her child is so cute that companies will want to put their logos on his clothing or him for $100 000 a year. “I will dress in your company’s provided apparel (and sport a tattoo!) everywhere I go for the amount of time chosen. Want me to
in-game advertising could be worth up to $4 billion by 2010. And this is only the beginning for the fast-growing industry of advertising in video games.com. "Advertisers want to engage audiences in the environments where they are. NASA is currently working with the Bush administration to conduct an evaluation for a commercialization strategy in space. the tools he needs to complete his missions are quite real. While Fisher may be fictional hero of Ubisoft's Montreal-made Splinter Cell video game series. “Here is what Tim Farina. A company called perfectpopcorn. "Games are not even a phenomenon anymore. some extra cash is highly welcome. Radio Shack followed with a commercial aboard the International Space Station. It's mainstream.do a commercial? How about a public appearance? I’ll do that too.from the same gadget maker. Source: GUSH magazine Spacevertising It seems we’re running out of advertising space (or at least good/fresh space) so now companies are eager to increase their market share in space. It featured a Russian cosmonaut opening a Father’s Day present. President & CEO of Javanni Inc. NASA has been reluctant to participate. Source: The Gazette -4- . Product placements like Sam Fisher's camera phone is the most popular choice. Both companies benefited from the first unofficial taste test in space." As video games become increasingly lifelike. linking the brand directly with an enjoyable activity. but marketers say advertising could help fund scientific research. so do their ability to imitate the world's ad-cluttered landscapes. has to say about Baby Jake: In today’s creative world of advertising we not only need to know our customers but we need to find creative ways of reaching them to deliver our message. And as production costs for major titles can hit $40 million. In 1985. which creates in-game ads for client brands. Depending who you ask. Berger said. Source: Trend Hunter In-game Advertising High-tech spy Sam Fisher uses a Sony Ericsson phone to snap a picture of terrorists and sends it to home base.personal digital assistant . has actually offered Jake $350 for a month’s worth of wearing their clothing. Coca-Cola and Pepsi seized an opportunity to test the viability of carbonated drinks in space." said Brandon Berger of Ogilvy interactive. Then he reads his mission briefings on his PDA . Then in 2001 Pizza Hut flew with the Russian Space Agency and became the first to deliver pizza in space.” All advertising must be preapproved by Mom (nothing distasteful). These are major consumers. And it can only grow from here. as the eyeballs of young men shift from the television to the gaming console.
a company shaping agricultural land into art but also advertising.000 square meters the company can create characters of up to 100meters length while only using natural colors and elements. Using fields between 50. KFC wants to share a secret. Source: Brand Infection Teleformance Teleformance is a Pay-Per-Call advertising account management company. created by Artfield (website in german). not that secret. The gimmick is aimed -5- . Colonel Sanders’ herbs-and-spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken is still safely locked away. Pretty crazy but hey. We manage every aspect of the Pay-Per-Call advertising campaign process for your company.000 and 100. No. Our goal is to connect your business to qualified consumers that are seeking your company’s product or service by eliminating the waste of traditional direct response advertising methods. and is the only company in the nation devoted solely to this service. Our experienced team will work with you to customize your strategic campaign and distribute your ads across the nation’s largest network of search engines and online directories. Source: Teleformance Hidden Clues Psstt. but the chain unveiled a new TV ad Thursday that allows viewers to crack a hidden message if they play the spot back slowly on a digital video recorder or VCR. this works perfectly next to airports where people already see the advertising from far up.Fieldvertising Here’s one for Switzerland’s airline group Swiss Air.
the advertising agency that created the spot for KFC Corp. has tapped into the fast-growing out-of-home advertising segment with their patented self-filling water coolers used as in-store "billboards". advertising on our patented permanently attached five. AquaCell launched its innovative advertising campaign in Duane Reade stores throughout the NY metro area and Rite Aid drugstores nationwide. "As proven by the 34% Dove sales lift. Source: MSNBC Coolertising AquaCell Media. the prize is a coupon for KFC’s new.” said Tom O’Keefe. "In a controlled test. The 99-cent Snacker debuted a year ago and is credited in KFC’s earnings rebound. AquaCell continues to roll out its program to numerous retailers and expects to expand beyond the pharmacy segment in the near future. an executive at Foote Cone & Belding. For those savvy enough to solve the secret. AquaCell installs their unlimited-use water coolers free of charge for retailers so that they can offer their customers a refreshing shopping experience while simultaneously giving advertisers a unique way to reach their targeted audience. President of AquaCell Media. "In today's fragmented media advertising arena. President of Unilever Home & Personal Care U. revealed a significant sales lift versus same stores without the AquaCell cooler advertising." "Our advertisers enjoy exclusivity without any diversions from competing ads. a subsidiary of AquaCell Technologies.. Source: PRNewswire -6- ." said Alan Jope.at countering the rise of technology that enables television viewers to skip past commercials faster than ever before." With approximately 1300 "billboard" water coolers currently in place." said Michael Dougherty. Dove.gallon bottle and cup holder is a unique and effective way for advertisers to target consumers while they shop. Inc. AquaCell's in-store advertising on our largest brand. sauce-drenched Buffalo Snacker chicken sandwich.S. it's getting increasingly more difficult to reach out to the consumer in a relevant timeframe of their purchase intent cycle. “This is taking the exact opposition approach — rewarding viewers for taking the time to engage and be interactive with television.
Hilary. megastar Hilary Duff. and you get the idea. and actresses Michelle Trachtenberg and Samaire Armstrong.S. Mixing the four girls in an advertising campaign was the ideal way to showcase all of Candie's product categories which are available nationwide exclusively at Kohl's Department Stores. Virgin Vines believes wine should be all about having fun and loving the taste. The label's pitch goes like this: "Dare to enjoy this wine without dashes of pretentiousness or hints of snootiness.they're discovering another way appeal to the $10-wine buyer: Make fun of the $30-and-up buyers.. and Samaire are all unique in their talent as well as their style. Brown-Forman (which markets wines such as Jekel. a Chardonnay and Shiraz. Grammy nominee Ciara.. Starting with two California wines. Iconix CEO Neil Cole stated: "Bringing together the hottest young stars of Hollywood in one ad campaign is an excellent way speak to young women.not waxing poetically about meaningless wine-speak and food pairings. Past Candie's spokespeople include Destiny's Child and Kelly Clarkson. But as increasingly clever marketers find success with simple. who may identify with one or more of the stars. compelling labels -think Yellow Tail and Marilyn Merlot -. actress.Megastar Campaign The spring television and print advertising campaign for Candie's will feature four celebrities: Singer." Source: BusinessWeek -7- . Ciara. This is the first time the brand has enlisted four stars to appear in an advertising campaign. Michelle. was hobbled by a lack of understanding of wine combined with lame or confusing marketing and labeling by wine producers. both domestic and international. Fetzer. wine consumption in the U. Think about how Rush Limbaugh talks about liberals." Source: Yenra Amateur is Fine For decades. the partnership seeks to promote wine consumption by dissing those who take wine too seriously. Kohl's has embraced our brand and we are thrilled with the response to Candie's at Kohl's. and Bolla) recently jumped into this vat hand-in-hand with Virgin Atlantic Chief Richard Branson in launching Virgin Vines.
will not be indifferent to it. Displax® .Show allows you to present. witch allows its placement in window stores of banks or telecommunications store. or just ignore the ad. fell out of vogue this year on Madison Avenue. You can browse the pages if you like. set in a window-store or inside the shop. bonds with the reality of the business of any kind of organization and has customized sizes.com Page-turn Ads CNET has recently launched page-turn ad units. the products in a display. Source: Displax.Interactive window will be released in three versions. Displax® . whoever passes by. spot was filmed to look like a home movie shot by two slacker dudes partying in the desert when a meteor hits their Tacoma truck. And for a retailer I think it's perfect--the Circuit CIty example is a great showcase for what you can do in this new ad format.Network allows managing displays placed in any location of the world. long the mainstay of marketing. which feature a fictional character named Ted Ferguson who performs daredevil stunts and rewards himself with beer. captures the customers attention. in a remote and central way.com For the Rest of Us Glitzy television advertising. Source: WSJ. which used a home movie of a skier leaping off a roof onto a pickup truck.The Displax Interactive Window Displax® projects itself in a transparent.. in an innovative way. with high definition. Source: TechRepublic Blog -8- . Reflecting the proliferation of reality television. the Internet phone service provider. just pressing the display with a finger. It has a great impact! Displax® . It's interactive without being in-your-face like interstitial ads or the ads that take over part of the page. holographic display. A Toyota Motor Corp. Typical of the trend was an ad for Vonage Holdings Corp. agencies embraced ads that used real people or looked like home videos. has lately been running Bud Light ads shot documentary-style. In its place: frill-free commercials. visible at daylight. with the certainty that. Anheuser-Busch Cos. Displax® Interactive is the solution that allows people to interact with a projected multimedia application.
and business hours to call. In Austria. You pay for the ads similarly to pay-per-click advertising. Alex Tew. rather than taking you to a website. but it is a cool concept. it is still up to you to convert the lead into a sale." You see a listing on the search page.MillionDollarHomepage.Million Dollar Home Page These days. for only EUR 199 (USD 249/GBP 135) per month if drivers make enough miles. turning a new corner in Carvertising. As with any advertising. a telephone number. leave it to entrepreneurs and marketers from around the world to add some really interesting twists. When you click on the listing. and obviously provides an interesting alternative to buying or leasing a regular car. it's just strange enough to work. Sound strange? You bet it is and. It seems like an excellent solution for small businesses. Each purchase of 100 pixels are sold in 10x10 blocks. including the Mini One and the Citroen C4. The Million Dollar Homepage offers a spot of advertising on it's virtual real estate. it's not a house or land." Similarly." "Toledo florist. than with an Internet lead. You place an Internet ad. The concept is surprisingly simple. -9- . The goal is to sell one million pixels. After posting his website in August 2005. it takes you instead to a second page with information about the business. also known as a website. a 21 year old college student. which will earn Tew the title of millionaire. one college student in England is changing the world of real estate one pixel at a time. No. its products and services. he's already half way to his goal.00 per pixel with a 100 pixel minimum. Source: Small Business Trends Carvertising 2. rather than per clickthrough. and Internet surfers who respond to the ad call you on the phone. The lease also includes insurance and service costs. for a fee of $1. except you pay per phone call. Source: News Blaze Pay Per Call Advertising Pay-per-call is an advertising service that connects online searchers with your business by phone. CoolCar offers long term (12-48 months) rental cars decked out in ads. I found listings for "Akron mortgage." "Columbus home builder." and "Cincinnati auto repair. with a telephone number underneath. is on the way to being a millionaire and it's all thanks to the world wide web and the sale of his virtual real estate. in fact. because more small businesses are prepared to deal with a phone call. The Million Dollar Homepage is located at http://www.0 We reported on nearly-free short term rental cars in Europe a long time ago.com. Alex Tew is selling virtual real estate via the internet. The image above shows a pay-per-call ad from a search I just ran a few minutes ago for "Cleveland web designer.
Club Med. Greenlight said the service could open up the search market to thousands of businesses which operate without a website.com] Pay-per-Call Search marketing agency Greenlight has launched a Pay-Per-Call service aimed at UK advertisers. Samsung. Clients have included Coca Cola Light.Media. in much the same way pay-per-click advertising only charges for visitors sent to a website. transmitters are beaming out text messages to the phones of people walking by to ask them if they would like to watch a video-clip ad on their phone's screen. Source: [NetImperative] Get Your Adpack! Perth-based advertising agency Breakthrough has released an original and innovative ideas generation tool specifically focussed on advertising.In France. Schwarzkopf. Pay-per-call is billed as an alternative to traditional pay-per-click search advertising. Kookai. Adpack is a card-based tool made up of trigger or strategy cards which contain proven techniques that are current and relevant in today's business divided into three sections . Liberty Drive offers a similar long-term rental service. and Filter UK Ltd. Source: [Springwise] Bluetooth Advertising Passengers waiting to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight at London Heathrow airport may get an unexpected invitation on their cellphone these days.Maiden Group PLC.10 - .000 inhabitants. Source: [WSJ. touts a new SUV. aimed at passengers in Virgin's first-class lounge. the Range Rover Sport. The commercial. Offer and Power Words. The advertiser is only required to pay for the adverts that result in phone calls.. which has handled billboard advertising for 80 years in the United Kingdom. Two London companies are behind the new ad approach -. Always. Gillette. . Each of these cards can be combined to create powerful marketing ideas. a small firm specializing in the transmitter technology. Evian. Under a new advertising program. But they also have a program that rewards existing Smart car owners for participating in carvertising campaigns. Tele2. The card-based system is designed to assist in concept generation and media selection and is one of the cleverest concepts we've seen to help with brainstorming communications strategies. paying these MINIPRENEURS up to EUR 100 per month if they turn their cars into driving billboards. Nike. Liberty Drive is looking for franchisees in French cities with over 100. offering Smart cars for EUR 150 per month.
running until July. If it is wet. the ad might suggest visitors search its directory for bowling alleys. developed by agency AKQA with media planning from i-level. where the Internet companies have had limited success.com's range of services and is based on the "great British summer".Adpack is also an educational and lateral thinking tool designed to catalyse the brainstorming process and is an ideal way of including the people who know the business best (the staff) in the process. and targets information sites including Trainline. aims to promote Yell. Yell. which exist solely to serve the local advertiser that Google and Yahoo covet. are now selling ads on their behalf. with a real-time weather feed triggering different creative executions depending on local conditions.11 - . which is owned by the Hearst Corporation. The ads suggest a suitable activity according to the city it is viewed from: a user logging on to www. and yellow pages publishers like the BellSouth Corporation and SBC Communications have recently turned themselves into de facto agents for the search engines in the smallbusiness market. Expandable skyscraper ads predominantly targeting London's office workers will show maps of the UK displaying the weather in different regions. Source: [gizmag] Weather Targeting Yell. and creative is further tailored to the site it is placed on: users of Property Finder will see an execution tailored to those searching for a house on a hot summer's day. Businesses like yellow pages publishers. London Eating and Streetmap. Channel 4 and Big Brother. outdoor" execution. may appear to be cutting their own throats by passing those customers onto the search engines. Source: [The New York Times] .thisislondon. The campaign.com is aiming at the 20-26 age group through ads on music and entertainment sites including Mean Fiddler. Newspapers like The Houston Chronicle. The first wave of creative. like newspapers and yellow pages publishers. involves home-page takeovers on Tiscali and Yahoo!. which target creative to regional weather conditions. The Raft. Source: [Revolution Magazine] Adsense Middlemen The New York Times: Consider this somewhat strange development: search engines like Google and Yahoo have become so proficient at attracting advertising that even competitors.com on a warm day in the capital will see a "sunny.com is launching a suite of seasonal interactive ad campaigns. while also studying the search engines closely enough to determine a long-term strategy to compete with them. But the publishers argue that they are taking advantage of the chance to make additional money. It will be followed by a new push in autumn.
Massive will take advertising to another level by serving up dynamic ads. Source: [CNet] It's Online Ads For Small Businesses "Heat-resistant coatings. In-game advertising has become a growing source of revenue for publishers over the past few years. and the outfield fence will probably be emblazoned with paid ads from real companies. Peter Schwartz." "high-temperature adhesives" and "machinable ceramics" aren't even in the same league as "Britney Spears" when it comes to popular Web searches. chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles-based company. listen up . president and chief operating officer at Aremco. with developers of sports games in particular financing much of their work through product placement fees.Dynamic In-Game Advertising Be prepared for such moments to become a regular occurrence. said Nicholas Longano. and it could be hawking soft drinks one day and the latest Vin Diesel movie the next. Source: [USAToday] Voicevertising Just when you think you've seen it all in the world of marketing. The online ads are taking the place of advertising in an annual industrial directory and dozens of monthly trade magazines for engineers eager to buy adhesives and coatings that can withstand 3.Y. for example.." Schwartz said. said he started placing search ads more than a year ago and is spending a couple of thousand dollars a month on the promotion. but our order frequency is up 20% to 30%. After several months of beta testing. of Valley Cottage. but the newest wave in creative branding is loud and difficult to miss…at least if you live in New York City with Floyd . N.HALLS Fruit Breezers lets you hear it all too! Tattooing advertisements on body parts is old news. the company bids from 50 cents to $3 to be part of the list of "sponsored" links that appear above and to the right of the primary search engine results. To make sure Aremco's Web site comes up when they do. with support from several major game publishers and mainstream advertisers such as Coca-Cola and Intel. for example. Shag a deep fly ball in the latest baseball game. Pass a virtual billboard in the latest "Splinter Cell" counterterrorism game. That's because the customers for Aremco's high-temperature coatings and adhesives are typing those words into search engines such as Yahoo! and Google. thanks to a new service that inserts dynamic ads into video games. "I can't tell you that we get an extra million a year in business. But for Aremco Products Inc. Aremco only pays when a potential customer clicks on a link.12 - . New York start-up Massive is set to launch its in-game advertising network on Monday.000-degree temperatures for use in hair dryers and halogen headlights. they're golden.
i. It's about this ad war between Miller and Anheuser-Busch about whether Lite or Bud Light tastes better. in a unique advertising deal that may leave you…well. NY resident. and what brand could be more fitting to purchase the services than HALLS Fruit Breezers.000 consumers conducted by the Institute for Perception. more taste" claims to the U. HALLS Fruit Breezers purchased Hayes' voice on eBay. A-B charged that the tests were improperly conducted and the ads may leave consumers to think Miller beers were preferred over the AB's brands.S. (Don't worry…he will be allowed to sleep. a Brooklyn. Source: [Businessweek Online] . bars. Va. Floyd Hayes. scratchy throats. which Hayes is likely to experience on this mission.13 - . Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. a throat drop that cools and soothes dry.. weddings or even business meetings." The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus says it is now referring Anheuser-Busch's challenge of Miller Brewing's "More flavor. Richmond. elevators. put his "voicevertising" services up for sale on eBay.Hayes. hoarse. clubs.no matter what location or situation. Miller points to blind taste "perception" tests of 400.) It's a contemporary spin on the traditional town crier. subways.e. or has "more taste. this is not about buxom bikini-clad women riding Clydesdales or SpongeBob holding a longneck. offering to shout out a brand name every fifteen minutes for an entire week -. Source: [PRNewswire] Tasteless Beer Advertising No. which already is reviewing the Milwaukee brewer's campaign for fairness and truthfulness. pitting A-B versus Miller products.
Useful Garbage Reader Mark Nagurski alerted us to the Ebay of dumped and useless items. If you cannot do either. Source: [TrendCentral] Organic Levi's For the first time since it started making trousers for cowboys more than 100 years ago. When ‘Dumping’. we all contribute to minimising landfill disposals. just post your description. When you ‘Find’ an item. renewable energy source. Useful Garbage. From the website: "Recycle your unwanted clutter or anything you deem as being uselessexcluding your Partner! Visitors can ‘Dump’ anything they want to get rid of . the famous clothing company is bringing out a pair of "sustainable" jeans to satisfy environmentalists. street and neighbourhood waste and the item is in the possession of someone who can make the most of it and use it again and again and again!" Source: UsefulGarbage. particularly those who spend hours a day in their cars driving over 35 mph (many LSVs can only be driven on roads with a 35MPH sign posted). In turn.14 - . From antiques and art to cars. owners spend around $180 dollars/year to run their cars with a clean. with a one charge per day frequency. .com Electric Cars While they might resemble luxe golf carts. ask the dumper further questions or make an offer to obtain the item. simply post your photos or a video together with a description of the item. The cotton is organic. While this is clearly not an option for many. At 50 cents per charge (power for approximately 40 miles). the button on the waistband is made of coconut shell. the dye is from natural compounds include indigo and the label is from recycled cardboard. it’s definitely a step in the right direction. TV’s and furniture . there are no metal rivets.for someone else to ‘find’ and take off their hands.anything goes for FREE! Connect with Dumpers and Finders of useful items by logging into MY Account or Registering. this dealership’s LSVs (low speed vehicles) offer Austin area residents a new alternative to gas-fueled travel.
Hughes and his wife.000 tons of garbage a day. Not that it will stop the trendy trousers from having a hefty price tag. businesses have watched Europe and Japan adopt tough regulations on carbon emissions and say the tags could help them prepare for similar developments in the U. Hers. Yet when Hughes heard last year about an environmental startup called TerraPass Inc. according to Geoplasma. the nearest available source. The 100. U. Supporters say the process is cleaner than traditional trash incineration. The Menlo Park (Calif. TerraPass pools its members' fees and invests them in clean energy production. After taking a small cut of each sale. County officials estimate their entire landfill -.all by vaporizing garbage at temperatures hotter than parts of the sun.15 - . he was intrigued. Source: [Daily Mail] Burning Garbage A Florida county has grand plans to ditch its dump.. Synthetic. It will be the first such plant in the nation operating on such a massive scale and the largest in the world. zoom around Houston in no-compromise vehicles. a zippy Volkswagen Passat. the Atlanta-based company building and paying for the plant. to cut down on long distant transport and associated fuel costs. which are now America's fastest-growing alternative-energy product.S.4. The facility will operate on about a third of the power it generates. generate electricity and help build roads -.about 120 megawatts a day -. The $425 million facility expected to be built in St. Lucie County will use lightning-like plasma arcs to turn trash into gas and rock-like material. His. U. combustible gas produced in the process will be used to run turbines to create electricity -.) company sells "green tags. TerraPass is channeling the good intentions of individual consumers concerned about carbon emissions. According to reports the first pairs in the US will sell for 250 dollars each.As the factory is in Hungary. No byproduct will go unused. the cotton will come from Turkey.that will be sold back to the grid." which cost up to $80 a year and which are designed to offset the emissions a car spews into the air during that period. which are linked with global warming.will be gone in 18 years. and other materials will come from Europe too. though skeptics question whether the technology can meet the lofty expectations. is expected to vaporize 3. Source: [BusinessWeek] . aren't simply a marketing vehicle.S. Source: [Wired] Green Pass Martin Hughes is not your typical hybrid-driving. around £140 here. in part because they wish to cater to this growing. companies are also adopting the certificates. green constituency. a Nissan Xterra SUV. both longtime oil-industry veterans. including wind power. Hughes checked out the service online last August and then forked over $129 for two TerraPass windshield decals.3 million tons of trash collected since 1978 -.000-square-foot plant. slated to be operational in two years. at least to start off with. clean-energy fanatic. But the tags. free from outside electricity.S.
DVD player.Windsave Saves You Money Continuing concerns about climate change and skyrocketing energy prices are fuelling interest in alternative sources of energy. computer. trials will be carried out in Scotland and South-West England later this year. known mainly as the place where a Filipino king died. relatively low-tech rooftop devices which capture the sun's energy to provide water for baths and washing and are at the forefront of a renewable energy drive." Huang says his Dezhou-based firm. and it's projected that the turbines will save households up to GBP 100 on their annual electricity bills. fridge/freezer and several lights. with noise levels comparable to the sound of a person talking at normal volume.Cheap and effective enough to make economic sense to middle-class urbanites.250).500 yuan ($190). Windsave is now partnering with British Gas to market and install roof-top turbines. With government-funded rebates and subsidies. they soon pay for themselves. Source: [TRENDWATCHING. "We are at 15 to 20 percent annual growth and I don't see that slowing down. And the mayor is using his heating success as the basis for a bid to follow British University town Oxford and Australia's Adelaide as host of an international solar congress. said Eric Martinot. China Himin Solar Energy Group. Source: [Reuters] . consumers could earn back their initial investment in less than 6 years. At least 30 million Chinese households now have one and last year the country accounted for around 80 percent of the world market. visiting scholar at Beijing's Tsinghua University. It produces approximately 1kw of electricity. One of consumers’ major complaints though is the lack of making a real impact: separating bottles and papers only goes so far.75 m in diameter) that connects to a building's standard mains supply. Now. The turbine is quiet. he says.500. Sensing a real opportunity. although for a luxury home this could rise to 18. British/Scottish Windsave launched the Windsave 1000 system. is the largest in a fragmented and almost entirely Chinese market. Huang Ming hopes hot water will help put it on the map. With technology so efficient they can work at temperatures well below freezing and under cloudy or smog-choked skies.16 - .COM] 30 Million Solar Water Heaters Dusty Dezhou was relegated to the footnotes of Chinese history for centuries. enough to run a TV. Engineers from British Gas will supply and install all equipment for GBP 1. with a share of around 14 percent.000 yuan ($2. a three-bladed fan (1. His company has earned a fortune manufacturing solar heaters. Huang's basic models start at around 1.
Source: [Cool Hunting] Alpaca Farming Urban escapists looking for the perfect artisanal farm like the idea of raising animals for fun and profits that don’t involve slaughter. built in Chiang Maï in Thaïland. The engine was driven by the muscle power of an albino Buffalo. Italian Parsley. makes the process a bit smoother by including all the necessary elements to grow various herbs and even some vegetables. Oregano. or more realistically window sill space. Once freed the buffalo would lounge around the rice field and the mechanical energy stored was turned into electrical energy to power ten light bulbs. Alpine Strawberry or MiniTomato. have a bunch of fun. to grow a few little herbs or vegetables.17 - . For $8 per bag you can get organic Basil. Source: [Triple Pundit] Clean Gardening About this time of year green thumb urbanites are struggling to find corners of land.packaging. mobile phones. Source: [we make money not art] DIY Energy Bars Everyone loves Clif Bar. They’re cute as heck and they can fetch big bucks: One alpaca stud recently sold for over half a million dollars.Muscle Energy Hybrid Muscle was both a work and exhibition space. Garden in a Bag. Small . Lavender. A little start up called Matisse & Jack's seems to have an solution for those people seeking a better packaging solution for their energy bars: They sell the mix to bake them yourself at home. laptops. available at Wishing Fish. But there's one problem that Clif bar has never been able to solve . The buffalo worked a few hours a day to lift a steel counterweight. Chives. that would generate its own electricity and thus be "unplugged" from the power grid. the packaging has to be made out of material that is generally not recyclable nor compostable. Not only is it better from a sustainability concept. and recognizes them as one of the more admirable companies out there by just about any measure related to the integrated bottom line. and know exactly what you put into it. but you can tailor the recipe to your taste. In order to keep Clif Bars fresh.
The Green Goat is a diesel-electric hybrid in which the normal massive diesel locomotive engine is replaced by a 290-horsepower inline 6-cylinder diesel truck engine and a 600-volt battery bank. Source: [Wired] . believes the hybrid locomotive is an ideal way to reduce fuel costs and air pollution in switching yards. trucks and buses have already hit the road. brakes and electric traction motors. RailPower says the Green Goat uses 40 percent to 60 percent less fuel and emits 80 percent to 90 percent fewer pollutants than conventional train engines.6. RailPower Technologies. Source: [Iconoculture] The Green Goat Hybrid cars. Then it slaps in the long-life lead-acid battery bank. fuel tank. with many of them clustered in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle Times 4. Handweavers and knitters pay several dollars an ounce for raw alpaca fiber. The batteries supply the power needed to drive the electric traction motors on the wheels of this 280. The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association now boasts 4. make way for the Green Goat.000 horsepower -. the world's biggest hybrid.188 members. up from 626 in 1994.05). which is fine enough for wedding gowns and sturdy enough for rugs. more knotted-up city dwellers and retirees are joining the padded-foot stampede. It's a 2.enough to pull 88 rail cars. said Simon Clarke." Goat is railroad lingo for the smaller locomotives used for moving rail cars around over short distances.000-pound "goat. RailPower Technologies says the added weight of the batteries actually helps improve the Green Goat's pulling power.18 - . To meet rising demand. Now. developer of the Green Goat.wonder alpaca farming is catching on with rurbanites. To build the hybrids.000-horsepower locomotive that radically reduces fuel consumption and emissions of pollutants. executive vice president of the Canadian company. the company strips older locomotives of their engine and cab but keeps the same frame. which is rated at 2. who love raising the gentle South American creatures and selling their soft. luxuriant fleece.
you need look no further than last week’s Art Basel Miami Beach show. And leave it to the Swiss to bring an event to the land of eternal plastic that exemplifies America’s chief economical driving force: shopping. Source: [Trendsetters] . The hot art market is behind the art hotel phenomenon. Playful. Here San Francisco artist Tim Gaskin shows off his Hotel Des Arts room. Food Is Art claims to provoke deep thoughts about our relationship with food. which attracted an eclectic mix of collectors. Consumers gravitate toward experiences that challenge and stimulate all their senses. but let's face it – chocolate rooms are more about indulgence. which doesn't come cheaply in this case. In March. but Staite's Food Is Art catalog also includes one-offs like plates. Source: [Iconoculture] Art If you need more evidence that art is hot. artists and glitterati from all over the world to the already sizzling surroundings of South Beach. the Winter Music Conference will occupy the center stage of heat. shot glasses and jewelry. While the visceral appeal of art is always high. tea cups. it has reached even greater heights now that luxury is back in vogue.19 - . What other “mall” lets you buy a Picasso for $13 million? Or has a fleet of BMWs ready to wisk its big-spending clientele to their next high-profile appointment? It’s perhaps even more noteworthy that Miami has moved to the forefront of art and entertainment.Chocolate Rooms The deliciously interactive rooms have graced some of England's most elaborate society parties. whimsical and delicious? Art has never been more enticing.
Gasoline may have new competition. close the hood as well as you can. and drive to the shop.. but it still works fine. Infra-red sensors throughout the museum trigger the in-ear soundtracks which vary dramatically from space to space. and with built-in jumper cables attached. where visitors collect headphones. 20lb. is unique in that the V&A museum has invited 10 different musicians and artists to provide sound-pieces to accompany the collection of sculpture. natural gas and Hythane (a trademarked hydrogen-methane blend). 'Shhh. a custom-made MP3 player and a map that leads them through the series of sound installations. The Multi-Fuel earned a gold medal in the emissions category and a silver in the carbon dioxide emissions contest. 12V battery with built-in 12v/120v charger. The exhibition. Now that's 'modern' art. so it's quick & easy to help anyone who needs a jump. ranging from large-scale soundscapes to spoken pieces in response to a single art object. One of my mechanics has a J&C with a case that melted from doing this trick. but it's not dead yet. Volvo showcased its Multi-Fuel. The Jump-N-Carry is a much easier way to jump a car. ethanol." It's a briefcasesized. methane. Consumers who want to embrace alternative fuels appreciate vehicles that run on whatever's at hand. I tend to keep mine in my car. to musicians like Roots Manuva. furniture and fasion in the different rooms and spaces. A cute trick for a dead alternator is to hook up the jump kit. no stretching jumper cables between cars. Five-fuel flexibility is intended to make it easier for consumers to fuel up on locally produced/available energy sources. no jockeying the live car to kiss bumpers. and David Byrne. The contributors vary from big names like Gillian Wearing and Jeremy Deller. Sounds in Spaces'.. Your journey begins in the museum's Contemporary Space. isn't it? Source: [BBC Feature] Car Broke Down? Mechanics here in Boston call this a "jump kit.Music in the Museum London's Victoria and Albert Museum has a new exhibition that completely transforms the entire process of visiting a gallery with its innovative sound installations. Source: [Iconoculture] . Source: [Cool Tools] Various Fuels on Car But will it run on empty? In June 2006.20 - . a vehicle prototype capable of running on gasoline. lay it inside the engine well.
making them best suited to relatively short commutes. make and price.Car Worth By SMS Dutch CarSpotter also offers consumers price information by sms to guide them through sales and negotiating. Designed by Zsolt Varga. Source: [Springwise] .) Kengurus are electrically powered. Made to hold one passenger in a manual wheelchair. Listed price is HUF 2. stylish and cheerful vehicle whose contours are similar to those of a Smart car.000 (EUR 10. Besides year. A joystick instead of a steering wheel means that drivers with limited arm mobility can comfortably control the vehicle. horsepower and acceleration. and the number to text to is 2020. (Source: Index. Source: [Springwise] The Kenguru Made in Hungary. have a range of 40-60 km.21 - .980). the Kenguru doesn't have doors or seats.250 / USD 12. texting their employer or neighbour's license plate to find out how much their car is worth.50. and reach speeds of 35-40 km/hour. which automatically locks into place inside the car. Kenguru is small. To get in. CarSpotter also works for motorcycles.790. CarSpotter sends users details on a vehicle's maximum speed. Although the service was meant to improve price transparency and the balance of information between dealers and buyers.920 / GBP 6. the driver opens the extra large back hatch and rolls inside while remaining seated in his wheelchair. But the resemblance stops there. the Kenguru is a small vehicle that drivers can roll into without leaving their wheelchairs. it turns out that people also use CarSpotter for fun. CarSpotter valuations are priced at EUR 1.
area. car washes around the country are launching new services aimed at grabbing customers' interest. But technological shifts that have cut labor costs are making the car-wash business more profitable and attracting a number of new and formidable entrants. using equipment that adjusts to accommodate vehicles of different sizes. Home Depot opened convenience stores with gas stations and car washes earlier this year at two stores in the Nashville. compared with 30 horsepower previously) that have cut out the need for human dryers at the end. indeed. including Home Depot. Fine words. too. Feel FINE!" is its motor show motto. Source: [StartupJournal. And there's more fine-ness at Toyota. high flow valve technology in the plug and socket assembly automatically interrupts the flow of fluid when disconnected to protect against hazardous gas leaks or potential hot oil spills. Their lightweight. have dispensed with the conveyer belt. and Sam's Club. Meanwhile.22 - . and they look really cool too. thanks to four independently steering wheels able to turn . convenience-store and gas chains like QuikTrip Corp. you can enjoy steering the Fine-X nose-first into a parking space then sliding the rear end in to complete the manoeuvre. anticipates opening more. oil and water. Some are even washing the family dog. they clean the car in a garage-like bay that consultants say is cheaper to install and operate. Offering the best of safety and performance.. "Fine Technology. Source: [Truck Blog] Cars. Others are pitching Netflix-style discount plans in which customers pay monthly for unlimited washes.The New Car Wash The battle is on to primp your ride. The technological changes include more-powerful drying systems (100-plus horsepower. Tenn. Some are promising shorter cleaning times and opening plush waiting rooms with Wi-Fi service. I'm feeling absolutely fine. Specifically. it hopes to open another location in Atlanta later this year and more down the road. Designed by racers for racers. each fitting is tested and proven to have a 100% leak proof seal. Some companies. because the jet lag has worn off and I'm at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Fine Times. car washes at its stores. Nine Sam's Club locations now have car washes. Many Years From Now Fine. Honda is feeling fine. The changes are striking in a conservative business long dominated by mom-and-pops and small chains. in whose Fine-X you can discover that "Ecology and Emotion meet in a fun-to-drive time in which you can enjoy the joy of steering freely at will". At the end of April. even at 200 psi. Costco Wholesale Corp. many gas stations. Car washes are also automating payment and finding ways for drivers to load their cars onto the conveyer belts or into the wash without humans helping. and even car dealerships have expanded their car-wash operations. Facing growing competition from the likes of Home Depot Inc.. they are available for most fluid applications: fuel. and the company. Wal-Mart already has five Murphy Oil Corp. opened a test car wash at a Seattle store.com] Jiffy-tite Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings Those of you who actually take your truck down to the tracks on the weekend will certainly appreciate Jiffy-tite® Quick-Connect fluid fittings. owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
able also to do an about-face in its own length by steering each wheel through 45 degrees and making the rear wheels rotate in the opposite direction from the front ones. And back at Honda we find fuel-cell technology pushed ever further with the long. there's a special seat belt attached to the floor. washable. the Fine-X with its vast gullwing doors and vegetablematter." features a special crate for dogs in the glove apartment to allow owners to interact with their pets on the road. It's a parkophobic's dream.sideways.O. Source: [The Independent] Pet Friendly Vehicle The W.23 - . As you might expect. Concept. sleek FCX concept. in a show strong on hybrids and cars powered by electric fuel cells. low. A bigger crate pops up from the floor in the back seat area and can be folded back into the floor when it's not needed. but it turned out to be a gentler vehicle for the elderly." said Honda designer Katsuhito Nakamura. Source: [Popgadget] . which converts natural gas into hydrogen and minimal carbon dioxide. which stands for "wonderful openhearted wagon.W. The W. CO2-neutral interior features both technologies. children and other family members. rollout flooring and has wide sliding doors to keep dogs happy. "We created this vehicle from the point of view of a dog.W comes with removable. whose "vertical flow" cells are so compact they can fit into the structure's backbone. For bigger dogs. You can also feed the FCX the hydrogen it needs from Honda's Home Energy Station.O.
" To date. the company has chosen nearly 300 finalists from the flow of sketches into Vancouver — and introduced 10 shoes based on customer designs. high-heeled dress shoes. Source: [Influx Insights] Linking with Consumers Over the last few years. The Fahrenheit 212 logo and the bold signature palette of white. eighth-floor offices. principal of David Howell Design. he has also been soliciting ideas from them — encouraging brand enthusiasts to submit their own sketches for leather boots. executed by David Howell. whose workspace has become the brand. is an under-utilized brand asset. He posts the submissions on his company's Web site." "Customers want to express themselves. Fluevog said in an interview at the John Fluevog Shoes boutique on Newbury Street in Boston. but not the strangely named Fahrenheit 212 ( A unit of Saatchi). Source: [NY times] Sapphire Inspired .030-square-foot.24 - . He calls it all "open source footwear. though. This program is a natural outgrowth of that desire for connection. There are a couple of interesting recent examples: Marketing services companies are notoriously bad at marketing themselves and most of the big companies house their employees in cubicle ridden offices that look like insurance companies. Fluevog hasn't just been presenting ideas about shoes and style to customers." Mr. even sneakers with flair. people would hand me a drawing of their personal design for a shoe or ask if I had considered an idea they liked. "For so long. invites visitors to vote for their favorites and manufactures and sells the most promising designs. Mr. to be involved with the brand. gray and an orange as bright as goldfish are ubiquitous in the 5.Workspace Brands Companies are increasingly coming to terms with the idea that the workspace.
began carrying the "umbrella" and "mushroom" trees this year due to their bizarre appearance and ability to intrigue customers. stunning wallpaper from fashion designer Jonathan Saunders and lounge furniture created by Luisa Ruge. just copy and paste into your brand presentation you'll give to your boss or. eager to surprise either random passers-by or those select few who were in the know." .25 - . Source: [fibre2fashion.S. Local Christmas vendors are clamoring for the inverted evergreens.000 people visited the store.the world of Christmas trees is being flipped upside-down. The latest trend in artificial Christmas trees seems to be the "inverted" style. More than 1." owner Steve DuBois said. Here’s a long list of spottings over the last 6 months or so (ammunition!). to your team: Sapphire Inspired | Last November. many of them of the fast-fashion type. Surface Magazine and Bombay Sapphire launched the week long “Sapphire Inspired” pop-up store at the Bathhouse Studios in New York. an Ice Chandelier by designer Eva Menz.com] Inverted Christmas Trees Hang a shining star upon the lowest bough -. "People like the way the ornaments hang and the fact that more presents can be fit under the tree. marketing and counsel on VO glove research and development. On sale were limited edition items like a Sapphire inspired martini glass entitled "Broken Martini" by emerging designer Dror Benshetrit. announces the launch of 15 new VO glove and mitten designs with the hands-free access.So let's start with a slew of what can now be considered ‘traditional’ pop-up BRAND SPACES. To advance the line for the ’07 season.. Source: [Trendwatching] VO Gloves Vaughn Outdoor (VO). the world’s largest young entrepreneur contest in the sports equipment industry. VO gloves also received the Riri Sportswear Accessories Award of the 2006 ISPO BrandNew competition. VO teamed up with Wendall Tremblay of WTC Consultants for sales. if you yourself are the boss. in which the tree is either hung from the ceiling or supported by a weighted base on the floor. makers of the CZiP design that frees winter athletes from the inconvenience of taking gloves off at inopportune times. College Gardens Christmas Shoppe. "They're very unusual and most people have never seen anything like them. 2481 Commercial Blvd. Military in Alaska and Afghanistan under extreme weather conditions. The product designs were tested by the U.
26 - . the cost may offset any inherent practicality. dresses and overalls are designed with inserts that quickly add or remove extra length from hip to hem. The adjust-for-growth concept has proven popular with toys and furniture . NWA's classic "Straight Outta Compton. Source: [Iconoculture] Rapping Paper Though not quite in production yet. Ziprips represent yet another practical solution from mompreneurs. actually) with kids 1 to 6. upside-down trees are a hard sale. Each article comes with a larger insert that keeps Ziprips a perfect fit for up to three sizes. Mix and matchable." all in different two-hue colorways. Si Hill Design has been getting a lot of praise for his clever (w)rapping paper that features the instantly recognizable lyrics to popular rap songs. DuBois said. But like most products." Source: [The Daily Collegian Online] Growing Clothes For Growing Kids Adjustable-waist pants solve fit issues width-wise. "but you don't sell a lot. click for detail). but Mom's only recourse against growth upspurts and dryer-induced shrinkage used to be cuffs or cut-offs. Fashion-forward Eurasian designs appeal to hip mamas who already buy unique boutique brands. The UK-based designer's prototypes include the old school.Although the shock factor of the holiday trend is attractive." the embarrassment of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" and House of Pain's "Jump Around. Ziprips are anything but basic. skirts. Ziprips are a line of stylish adjustable separates that grow up (down. convenience and customization come with a price. "Everybody loves them and are curious about them. Source: [Cool Hunting] . To strictly price-driven parents. The pun of the gift wrap itself is as funny as it is to read the familiar words in print." he said. Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (pictured left. Pants.
The products were developed by Sweetwater Nurseries in cooperation with an Asian manufacturing partner. namely grain husks and natural binding agents. Motorola's hoping their anytime convenience will draw travelers and other off-hours shoppers. Source: [Springwise] Motorola Vending Machine Forget pushy sales clerks or waiting for online orders. No-lag. Motorola's robot retail stores are to be placed in high-traffic areas. Combining sustainability with eco-chic. Under average use and conditions. For consumers who know what they want. 24-7 access is key for consumers who want to buy.Eco. travelers crave access and convenience – not mad scrambles to closed electronics stores. Instead. Finding cellphone chargers and replacing must-have celly accessories on the road? Brutal. When it comes to telecom needs. not shop. salespeople just get in the way. in both decorative and grower lines. EcoForm is currently only available on the West Coast of the United States. they'll last five years and are freeze and thaw resistant. Once discarded into a landfill. Source:[Iconoculture] . Like Staples' vending machine effort. opt for robotic arms.27 - . sold at nurseries and green-minded retailers such as Whole Foods. the pots have a smooth finish and come in a variety of shapes and natural colours.Pots EcoForm pots are made from by-products of renewable and sustainable crops. Motorola is rolling out Instantmoto vending machines that will sell cellphones and other celly stuff at malls and airports across the country. decomposition will take place.
Housed in an adorable aluminum can. each already planted bean is laser-printed with a message (Thank You. adds water to the soil. or Happy Birthday) and a complementary image (the Japanese character for thanks. Source: [DailyCandy] . Good Luck. creating the perfect vehicle for all your well wishes: the message bean. Source: [Brand Noise] Happy Birthday Beans Greeting cards are so passé. How in the world are you supposed to get your message across? Well. The recipient simply peels off the foil top. making laundering a few items by hand simple and convenient when traveling.Laundry Packs Cotton Buds Inc. we’re spilling the beans. The style-setting Japanese have done it again. and skywriting is bad for the environment.28 - . E-cards? Totally tacky. The deals are designed to combine P&G's trademarks. This is the latest in a growing number of external business agreements struck by Cincinnati-based P&G. technology and/or know-how with strong outside companies to drive innovation and deliver mutually positive business results. has been granted an exclusive license from P&G to produce. a heart. market and distribute Tide Liquid Detergent Travel Sink Packets. or music note). The new product offers consumers their favorite laundry detergent in single-use "sink" packets. four-leaf clover. Love. and voilà! A week later the bean sprouts and the message is revealed. Singing telegrams work only in the movies.
cheery. you’ll need plastic accessories. and an interior sleeve. Then you open up the box and find he actually has spent all your money on 8-bit hos and lo-rez champagne.Life Bank TakaraTomy have come up with another great. The cases have small hearts on the front and come in a mishmash of pick-it-yourself colors.29 - . "SquidSoap" is designed to teach kids good habits in washing their hands thoroughly. two external pockets. TX. It takes about 15 to 20 seconds to get everything off. The Bank's screen shows you the life of a stick man who starts out as a poor pleb in a cupboard-sized apartment and develops into a rich bastard lounging under a chandelier on the 500 yen coins you feed him. it shoots a small amount of black ink with the soap. Source: [DailyCandy] Kids Soap A new product called. for Gals Going for office sophisticate? Look the part in a sensible pantsuit and pumps. and whimsical that you’ll feel like you’re carrying Sweet Valley High and magic markers instead of the McClarin file and your overdue bills. wacky product in the Life Bank (Jinsei Ginkou). But they’re so bright. because the . they look plastic (hence the name). When you push down on SquidSoap's dispenser. with a half-inch of safety padding. LP. Source: [dottocomu] Plastic Cool. all the while counting you down to your up-to-Y100. Like Plastic People’s laptop cases. The company that makes this. out of Wichita Falls. claims it's also a toy. You're supposed to keep washing your hands until you remove all the black ink. They’re functional. You can stick with the conservative black-on-beige (investment banker) or the splashier red-on-yellow combo (freelancer/unemployed). the riff on the coin bank that the 21st century has been waiting for. But lose the fake glasses and bun. (That’s more porn librarian. Custom made of vinyl.) If you really want to work it like Career Woman Barbie.000 savings target. Squidsoap.
Your bathroom cabinet is heaving with all sorts of antiaging creams. you’ve given up on the battle of the dates. Source [Entrepreneur. the unique bottle weighs one-half pound. began researching his product three years ago. Described as a "Wrist Water Bottle". You’re waging a war against time. Feinberg is currently testing his Repellem Garbage Bags. It’s a time warp inside there — 2month-old eggs alongside 2-year-old blueberry jam. Source: [DailyCandy] Wrist Bottle A company called HydroSport is marketing a new water bottle that fits on your wrist.orange-colored squid tentacles that adorn the bottle is stretchable. Once it’s activated. and vitamins. You avoid the sun. He predicts 2006 sales will be between $1 million and $2 million. But when it comes to the contents of your fridge. . providing kids with hours of fun. Imagine.5oz of water or sports drink. The Timestrip also works on bottles of medicine. kids having fun with handsoap. providing you with some additional exercise. each unit holds 5. Next time you open a jar. in more than 100 Petco stores and is negotiating to have his product appear on QVC. the genius product counts down to expiration. quietly keeping track of the ticking on your behalf. the owner of a health-care and beauty product distribution company. "I can't [count] how many times I went outside and found my garbage ripped apart in the street. so he decided to come up with a new type of bag that would discour-age them by both scent and color. When fully loaded. The company claims its also helps keep your body temperature cool. which sell for about $13 to $15 per box. He asked a chemist friend to help him create a scent offensive to animals and insects but pleasant to humans. bottle. And it shows. Source: [Strange New Product] Trash Without Pest Terry Feinberg was seeing red. So not only will you avoid finding a thick layer of furry mold inside the mayo jar. He was tired of having pests and animals snooping around his garbage bags. but you’ll be able to spot the stinky culprit without using your nose.30 - . for a total of 11oz when you have one on each wrist. cleaning products. stick a Timestrip on it." Feinberg says. Feinberg.com] Tracking Time You don’t smoke. or package.
but they promise to turn shuffling along into a core workout. Cost is $9. these shoes look more orthopedic than Orvis (although with the popularity of things like CROCS. . Source: [Orlando Sentinel] Foot Technology Walkers are standing up and taking note of Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) trainers. They are easy to stack and see through.com.or most anything else -. Neat Nets by Parents of Invention are colorful.99 each. Aesthetically. There are three different colors in each package. Source: [Strange New Products] Neat Nets Forget those plain-Jane plastic bags for storing your child's toys. and even come in kids sizes. the chunky-soled shoes create a rocking motion that improves posture and balance.orderly and visible.At $9. who are we to judge?). they're available in a variety of colors. mesh bags for keeping toys -.99. The company will even offer to put your logo on them.31 - . Based on the erect barefoot stride of Africa’s Masai tribe. there's an easy and practical way to store everything from building blocks to action figures. Visit parentsofinvention. Now. so you can always find what you're looking for.
head. But rocking out doesn’t come cheap: They cost $245 to $265 a pair. Now. and Body Cooler® has a way to keep people cool and healthy in the heat. but these ARE machine washable.com under the umbrella of Yahoo Small Business. no matter how often I try and reuse them.bodycooler.. Yeah. I'm a sucker for packaging.The MBT style range includes nursing clogs. sandals. Source: [PRWeb] Diaper Bags Sure. Source: [BabyGadget] . you can just use plastic ziplock bags to organize your stuff. Source: [Iconoculture] Body Cooler® The hot summer months are fast approaching. The special cooling polymers will soak up the cool water and expand to about 1” in thickness.. online customers can purchase the specially designed polymer-based cooling product that rests on your neck. through the safety and security of Yahoo. hiking boots and running shoes. cooling your neck and spinal area. or shoulders to protect you from the dangers of heat exhaustion.32 - . spoiled baby clothes and messy foods are better off in a plastic ziplock.like I said. These attractive ziplock pouches are made from 100% cotton with mesh backing so you can see the contents at a glance. The popular vest that cools the entire upper body is only 2-3 pounds in weight and can comfortably keep the body cool for hours. You may then place the creatively designed Body Cooler® securely around your neck. Each piece is activated by soaking it in cool water. Each Body Cooler® is designed to be worn on a specific part of the body and is made in sections so the polymer will stay in place. has recently completed a complete overhaul of their website and re-launched www. The subsidiary of Akemi Inc. I realize that dirty. on your head. thanks to the wide variety of Body Cooler® style and sizes available. or even over your entire torso. but I'm a sucker for nice packaging and feel a bit guilty every time I throw a ziplock away.
The sleek design includes a built-in toilet paper holder and a removable soft deflector shield for training boys. and it even has a side-entry compartment to store your laptop. As one of the first companies to catch on to this trend. and his co-founders. the party crackers will go on sale this month. it’ll float safely back to earth thanks to its tiny parachute.000 for a private zero-gravity flight. Just close the lid and presto – you've got a sturdy sink stool or mini-seat to sit on while the kids are in the bath. If teddy bear throwing sounds like a lot of work to you. Michelle Geib. 34. a shoulder strap headphone port. was an idea that UK native Bishop. We would almost consider getting this if it was available in other colors besides "natural hemp. and once airborne. The bright green Potty Bench has two enclosed side storage spaces for organizing training supplies. or I’ll shoot you with this … teddy bear? The Teddy Bear Gun capitalizes on a cutesy trend in Japan where wedding guests throw teddy bears at wedding receptions instead of rice or bouquets.iPod Bag The Burton Solar Amp Pack is designed to compliment your iPod. knew would be a . Source: [Gizmodo] Gifts of Experiences In recent years." which looks like it will pick up plenty of natural dirt. and Robb Young. this unique training potty manages to combine modern style and ergonomic features at an affordable price.95. have just come out with their latest invention. research shows consumers are looking for gifts that are unique--not your run-ofthe-mill department-store gift cards. And like their first release. The Burton Solar Amp pack retails for $299. Xperience Days lets customers give an opportunity of a lifetime as a gift. padded and ergonomic shoulder straps. sanitary cleanup. here it’s made easy with a simple touch of a button. It also has a molded iPod storage pocket.33 - . which is common in the United Kingdom. 37. It has an integrated Apple iPod control system with a SOFTswitch control pad on the shoulder strap. 29. the Potty Bench. and a pullout drawer for easy. Made by paintball gun manufacturer Sunamiya. Source: [Chip Chick] Potty Bench Boon. The concept of giving experiences. Pull the trigger and the tiny plush bear is catapulted into the air. makers of the fun and practical Frog Pod. Source: [UrbanBaby Daily] Teddy Bear Cracker Step away from the limousine.The average cost of the gift certificates is $275 to $300--prices range from $65 for a trapeze lesson to $110.
the cute luggage…and the not-so-cute laptop bag. but it's adults who have to carry the diaper bags--and the Granvilles had a hunch that something fashionable would be a hit. a maker of high-end diaper totes. making his gourmet tea products stand out comes down to design details such as a bottom-dispensing teapot that simplifies preparation of loose teas.adagio. cell phones. and boarding pass with ease and style. Every UpTown Bella bag is well-thought out. generally have an adventurous streak and are willing to try things." says Todd Moses. For Michael Cramer. "When my wife and I became parents. "Plus. Now savvy career women can tote their laptop. transparent. "People in the U." says Bishop. who met his co-founders while attending business school in South Africa. They were right-since the company's launch. and pyramid-shaped tea bags that combine the taste of loose tea with the convenience of a disposable bag. UV-blocking lids on tea tins to give customers a glimpse of the product prior to purchasing it. founder of Newtown. the PaperPro. a transparent tea tin lid that keeps out damaging UV light. with functional pockets and compartments to hold everything imaginable—from a BlackBerry to cosmetics. at least three competitors have entered the market. Source: [Entrepreneur. The company--which sells primarily through its website (www.S.com)--relies heavily on product design to attract and reel in customers. Pennsylvania. "I looked at the stapler market and [saw that] there hadn't been any functional changes in over 100 years. we entered a parallel universe of really bad brands. there's room for extraordinary design innovation. Moses' core product. founder of Adagio Teas. ID. office products company Accentra Inc.34 - . sleek-looking line of staplers. . "People having babies now are very different from what [new parents] used to be. co-founder of Fleurville. nonelectric. there's an assumption that the kid is buying the products. iPod." Source: [Entrepreneur] Give Ordinary Products a New Life A stapler that staples up to 60 pages with even the lightest touch of a pinkie finger. cartoon characters and fuzzy bunnies might ap-peal to youngsters. packs the power of a staple gun into an otherwise traditional. But typically." In other words.com] Stylish Laptop Bags It’s a common problem for stylish women on the go—they have the cute outfit.hit in the States. They were right. they're very good gift-givers. gadgets. a diaper bag that's runway-ready--they all point to one trend: In even the most seemingly ordinary product categories." says Steve. UpTown Bella ends this dilemma with a collection of laptop bags that combine fashion and functionality.
In the everexpanding pets-as-people realm. one that allowed dirt and mud to drop through the industrial strength grid. UpTown Bella is a collection of stylish. and onto the ground below. to tote Mr.keeping carpets. is a business woman who saw the need when her and her style-conscious friends couldn’t find laptop bags that were practical for business yet agreed with their fashion sense. and ID when going through airport check-in. luxurious and multifunctional laptop bags for female executives who want it all. or Ms. Contractor Thomas Foote has invented a flush mounted grate. Source: [UpTownBella] PetPocket A front pack for a furry baby? The PetPocket straps to a pet owner's shoulders just like a baby pack. Homebuilders are seizing on the opportunity to spec the Dirt Drain as a new 'smart home' feature. Source: [Construction & Maintenance] .may now be a thing of the past thanks to an innovative new floor mat system that keeps the dirt outside. it brings critters a lot closer to their heart than a carrier or a handbag. the oddball gadget has a Simpsons-like quality about it. boarding pass.UpTown Bella solves the travel problem of juggling your laptop. and it needs to have practical features. The creator. it needs to be multifunctional and designed for everyday use. 16" and 24". cell phone. there's no shame in overpampering or anthropomorphizing. If customers don't need an even flush mounting. The new device is designed to fit between standard joists of 12". One blogger described the no-hands bottle that attaches to tots via a pacifier-like feeding tube as a beer hat for the diaper set. Every UpTown Bella bag must meet their strict criteria: it needs to look good. rugs and floors clean . especially in a stylish leopard print. But seriously. The cutout opening also provides side benefits such as additional air circulation under the decking and added lighting through basement windows. Sure. For owners who can't get enough face time with their furkids. Fluffball wherever their adventures take them. the Dirt Drain can also be framed with standard lumber in a matter of minutes. Source: [Iconoculture] Pacifeeder Hands-free bottle feeding on the go? Ah. While most laptop bags sacrifice either style or functionality. it needs to make airport security a breeze. On-the-go pet owners who want to keep their furkids close and comforted like carry-along help. Gabby Chan. Source: [Iconoculture] Dirt Drain Construction & Maintenance: One of life's constant struggles . Or strolling with a feeding tot without having to continually stop to pick up a dropped bottle.35 - . the odd joys of the Pacifeeder. the Pacifeeder has its place: Think multiple baby mouths to feed and only two arms.
" Jeckle contended. who combined his love of fishing with his love of chemistry to make the product. but it also shoots off four colorful puzzle pieces from its top. If your propensity to hit the snooze button is the only thing keeping you down. Source: [All Headline News] . twenty) more minutes in bed. is nontoxic and odorless. The product was invented by Milan Jeckle. this good-morning messenger not only starts the requisite racket. Which may explain why you always need just five (okay. You can solve those suckers in your sleep.36 - . The Fool-A-Fish liquid will stay on the lure for two hours. a physician in Spokane. fish see a fourth color in the ultraviolent range.Puzzling Alarm Clock The New York Times Sunday crossword? Sudoku? Rubik’s cube? Pfft. As researchers have discovered. The only way to bring back silence is to put everything back where it belongs. A new product called Fool-a-Fish may make catching fish easier. check out the Puzzle Alarm Clock. Source:[DailyCandy] Fool-a-Fish The days of baiting hooks with squirmy worms to catch fish may be over. which shows up as a white glow and is invisible to the human eye. and the biggest fish. it lights up like a disco ball luring fish from over a half a mile away. When it’s time to get up. "You catch three or four times more fish. Fool-a-Fish works like this: spray the product (which contains titanium dioxide) on the lure and when it's cast into the water.
Users blog about music and connect to others who share similar tastes and interests. Fans are loving the intricate. but other people. London.com is a potential candidate. we know that hip Londoners are going to New Wave Tattoo in Muswell Hill. but its role has been diminished somewhat. so Mog matches you up with others that it believes can help you discover new music. as well as the thrill of doing something a little different that is not permanent---as the nail grows out. Using a super fine needle. So what fills the void for the music fan? Mog. music still has an important aspect of the site. but years later.MOG Myspace started out as a tool for emerging LA bands to connect and build out their fan base. the latest and greatest is the nail tattoo. Source: [Influx Insights] The Nail Tattoo For London women tired of manicures every week or expensive and time consuming nail regimens. so does the tattoo. The genesis of this brand was in music. It's a music based blogging network. the tattoo artist goes through the first few layers of your nail to create an extremely detailed image directly onto the nail.37 - . Source: [TrendCentral] Nike+iPod . Although we have not yet seen this trend here in the US. The smart thing about Mog is that it recognizes that the best way to recommend other music to you is not with an algorithm. Mog says it helps you create pages that are an "extension of your musical soul".
with two sleek metal tripod legs (pictured).announced the Nike+iPod . There's also a pretty spiffy Nike+ website where you can track your run history and set up competitions with your friends. The board attaches to the legs of the seat via suckers to keep the board protected. or the Blade. a voice can tell you what your progress is through the headphones with the touch of a button. Nike is rolling out several new Nike+ shoes in the fall. There are two different base designs available. which is a streamlined single metal structure. not to mention a space-saving way to store it during off-season.who wasn't content just with opening a store on 5th Avenue . £99 from Vitamin Living. with the Air Zoom Moire as the first in the Nike+ line.38 - . It can also be flat-packed for easy storage. Source: [Gothamist] Powder Seat Vitamin Living's The Powder Seat allows you to use your snowboard as the seat of the bench. The Powder Seat is simply a base that suckers onto the underside of the board making it into a sturdy seat. With the sensor.a wireless system that can track your running progress and allow you to choose a "PoweSong" to pump you up when you hit a wall. Nike and Apple . the Trident.Two of the biggest brands in the world came together today in New York to announce a partnership for a new product. Source: [CoolHunting] Convenient Reading Chair . The sensor fits into a special compartment under the insole and a receiver attaches to the iPod (which only works for the Nano). It is also a great way to display your board all the year round.
or its contents can be laid out on the sheet. resulting in different degrees of transparency. include t-shirts printed with a tablecloth pattern—for those of us who would rather eat topless than on a undressed table—and delicately embroidered paper napkins. you can pick off your books right from where you are seated.39 - .” With the Bibliochaise." This sheet is turned into a bag by folding it and making use of the adhesive qualities of the material. Personally.The Bibliochaise is book storage with a difference. the porcelain pattern lends the refinement of fine china to eating on-the-go. Because this chair-cum-library is designed to hold 5 linear metres of books and a book-lover as well. this chair will definitely stand out in your living room. it can be used as a sheet to sit on (during hanabi/hanami). With looks that can be customized too (you can choose different combinations of wood for the chair and colors for the cushions). The bag can easily transform into its original sheet-shape changing its function. Source: [Cool Hunting] Furoshiki Style The "furoshiki shiki" (furoshiki style) is made out of one sheet of semi-transparent vinyl "film. the duo behind this Rotterdam-based design studio. Toasted directly onto a grilled sandwich. Source: [Compact Impact] . the fact that I can access my books from my chair is. in and of itself. It is a practical material: easy to clean and when washed with soap the material regains its adhesive qualities. Apart from the fact that it has a higher than average creativity quotient. nobody&co have thrown in an added utility factor by creating a literal “arm-chair library. Source: [Popgadget] Food Design Minale Maeda's "Table Manners Collection" is a clever exploration of the intersection of formal dining and fast food. less appealing to me than what the Bibliochaise has to offer in the art department. the Italian designers. Other works by Mario Minale and Kuniko Maeda. The transparency of the material allows you to play with color combinations. For instance.
GRAFT. The incredible design makes you feel like you're in an A-list Hollywood members bar . They were motivated to solve the out of sight.Cool Dental Who would have thought a dental clinic could be this cool? The 10. creating an elegant sense of flow and space. out of mind problem with fruit that goes uneaten and spoils. Antonietta Fortunato and Elena Godenzi.40 - .180-square-foot clinic (called KU64 after its Kurfürstendamm address) is located in Berlin and was designed by the hot firm. The cocoon like spaces are filled with light. where the results are both decorative and literal.certainly not the usual ambiance associated with utilitarian spaces like this one which houses eight dentists. Source: [Cool Hunting] . the same people that were behind Berlin's new super lifestyle Hotel "Q". Circulating air is pushed throughout the Fruitree. The fact that fruit grows on trees does not go unnoticed in this design. keeping the fruit fresh longer. It makes even a session of root canal seem inviting. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Fruitree Fruitree is a concept piece designed by Chia Shee Loh.
Upgraded Office Wares
Offering an alternative to boring office supplies, russell+hazel sells stylish binders, paper, storage and accessories. Minneapolis-based russell+hazel, founded by a former architect, is a range of aesthetically pleasing office supplies that combine a designed look with durable quality. The company's newest range, Audrey, is a fashion-forward selection specifically tailored to women, offering 'working girl chic' supplies with details inspired by vintage architecture, classic Hollywood and contemporary couture. Source: [Springwise]
Dining On Computer
Designer Duck Young Kong has shown his latest innovation over at Yanko Design and it’s called The Keyboard Food Tray. No longer do you have to face tough question: “one more round of de_dust or finally eat something for the first time in 37 hours?” You can very easily consume your tea cakes and earl grey while grinding goblins. It’s still in the design phase, so there is no pricing and information is limited. Hopefully this will help out all the Koreans who die due to MMOs problem. Source: [Ohgizmo]
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Novelty Lights Inc. is a Colorado based company owned by brothers, Tres and K.C. Coors. The company was established in 1999 as a direct importer of Rope Light, Holiday Lights, and a variety of popular novelty lights. Our lighting lines have grown significantly since then; however, we pride ourselves on knowing our customers and their needs and most importantly providing excellent service. Because the owners have years of experience working within the lighting field, even before starting their own company, you can trust the quality of our products and the information you receive. Novelty Lights Inc. strives for excellence in every aspect of our company, and we promise to provide knowledgeable salespeople, accurate information regarding products, and answers to your lighting questions, as well as outstanding and friendly customer service. At Novelty Lights, we constantly import the finest lighting from all over the world. Because we import merchandise we are able to pass great savings on to our customers. Without the inflated prices offered by other websites and mall stores, we have the buying power to negotiate low prices and value our ability to pass the savings on to you. We strive for complete customer satisfaction and value your right to a fair price and quality lighting products. Source: [Novelty Lights.com]
Like a growing number of homeowners paying extra attention to the space over their heads, Cronin likes to incorporate the ceilings into his room design. "It's the biggest space you have to work with," says Cronin, who designs sound studios. Cronin's not the only one with an overhead fixation. "Ceilings are huge," says decorative painter Kathy Wear, whose work with interior designer Joni Wohlfahrt has won home show awards in the Nashville area. "For so long, ceilings were just white. Now you very rarely see white ceilings. It started with color and has worked its way to finishings." Designer Marcia Knight says fancy ceilings aren't entirely new. The Biltmore, the Vanderbilt homestead in Asheville, N.C., built in 1895, has many fabulous ceilings, she points out. But what is relatively new is outfitting ceilings atop really tall walls, which can tower 18 to 24 feet in some of the grandest new homes. In terms of aesthetics, it's almost necessary. "If you have walls that go straight up, you don't want to go to a flat top," she says. "It would be pretty boring." "People want something unique," Wear says. "They don't want to go crazy on walls, which can overpower a room. They'd rather concentrate on the ceiling as the main focal point." Source: [INDYSTAR.com]
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If your crib is getting to be a little bit too modern-looking, now it's time to funk it up a bit with some retro-refrigeration. Oddly-named Brit company Smeg is offering these old-fashioned refrigerators with a large selection of colors including those seen above. So if you're looking to sing the praises of the Union Jack or want a refrigerator to match that pink Razr you just picked up, perhaps you've just found something that's chillin’ enough. Source: [Gizmodo]
High-end Latino Furnishings
South Bronx furniture manufacturing and design company Caoba Colección de Muebles creates high-end furnishings with a Latino flair. Run by two Dominican brothers passionate about interior design and la cultura, the company creates coffee tables, chairs, lamps, sofas, dressers and ottomans priced from $700 to $1,400. All pieces have Latino names derived from the brothers’ relatives, friends and others: the Serrano Dresser, the Manrique Ottoman. Customers include Starwood Hotels, the East Hampton Golf Club and the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Visionary Latinos are turning their passions into businesses that break new ground in industries that traditionally have lacked Latino-owned companies. Source: [Iconoculture]
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giving us complete artistic control of interior design like never before. We now have the ability to put any image on a wall (via digitally printed wallpaper). a “flying carpet”. When we first saw the remarkable work of Iranian artist Seyed Alavi we were transfixed in that he offers perspectives we’d not seen before and for each person. those perspectives were different. curtains. ceilings and now to have digitally imaged carpet created.44 - . Alavi’s latest project is indeed likely to inspire a myriad of ideas from creatives all over the world when they see how he had an aerial view of the Sacramento River woven into a carpet for the floor of a pedestrian bridge connecting the Sacramento International Airport terminal to the parking garage. Source: [Gizmag] .The Flying Carpet Digital imaging offers the ability to create fantastic images and use them in new ways by creating spaces to transform perceptions and indeed create whole new environments. It is indeed.
so any marketing efforts. instant messaging and the sharing of merchandise. combines e-commerce. The site encourages community members of recommend and find music and gives back 70% of the proceeds to artists after the first $5 in sales. Source: [Influx Insights] .Buddy Shop A new e-commerce site called Buddy Shopping that lets consumers peruse products online simultaneously with friends launched today with the promise to offer a viable new channel for Web shop owners. where the community dictates the pricing of the tracks. That's because consumers are searching online the way they regularly do. but openly encourage musicians to mobilize their fan bases to use the site and buy the tracks. The site. This independent music site uses demand-driven pricing. Amie Street have some smart technology that prevents artificial inflation. The difference is that they are able to do so with others in real-time. social networking. we have now found an interesting example in a new music site called Amie Street. will still lead them to you. dubbed a "social netshopping" service by CEO Todd Kelly. such as organic or paid search. Though there are features specific to the site that e-tailers can take advantage of — which we'll cover after we explain how the site works — most online shop owners won't have to do a thing to be included in the Buddy Shopping service. All tracks start out at zero and can rise to 98 cents depending on sales.45 - . Source: [E-commerce Guide] Demand and Supply Influx has written in the past about variable pricing models and how these might one day become a key component of business.
or IM. Scroll.) Later this month. a new. Prior to SK Business Edition. vintage gear. Web forms. totally wild! Or — not so much. Whoa. experimental. interactive. SiteKreator pulls together the best of the Web’s most important features and capabilities. and effective Web sites. Click. It’s easy and cheap to post any creation (craft supplies. without the high price tag or forcing a “generic” design. the site offers indie designers the space to showcase and sell their handmade work (kind of like an eBay for crafty types). like. Click. and totally awesome website that challenges the norms of online shopping.0 ready. clothing.0 Websites SiteKreator was designed to help businesses accelerate brand recognition. the beautifully designed Etsy utilizes technology that lets you search not just by category or top sellers but also by color (just click any of the virtual swatches) and geography (you can finally find out what’s being made in Scottsbluff. shopping online is. But it’s even easier and more fun to shop. Source: [SiteKreator] Extraordinary Etsy Click. and increase sales by giving them a one-stop solution to easily create stylish.Instant Web 2. Unlike Google Pages and other do-it-yourself site design tools. edibles). You can even look at stuff via time machine or in 3-D (explore for yourself. install. SiteKreator is Web 2. or upgrade software. Nebraska). customers would either hire a designer or agency. which allows you to you invite friends to browse along with you in real time. and discussion forums. geekery. e-mail. Discuss/fight over finds without a phone. or use software to help build their sites. use generic tools for site design and/or blogging. they’ll be employing multiuser shopping. Run by a group of computer whiz kids. Web site information can be tiered through multiple content layers by adding members-only areas and registration forms to encourage visitors to share key information in exchange for access to deeper layers of meaningful content. You get to see each other’s cursors move across the page as you search and click.46 - . Scroll. enabling businesses to easily implement interactive features. SiteKreator is a fully-hosted online application that eliminates the need to download. Source: [DailyCandy] . Which is why we are stoked to introduce you to Etsy. build customer loyalty. Scroll. to engage visitors and convert them into repeat customers. such as blogs. You see.
Take the Fly Pen. is also a talking computer. creativity. This is done by using the pen as a basic writing tool. In this case. this is no simple pen -. Everyday information for being a more conscientious consumer resonates with people who don't have time. Source: [The StarPhoenix] Green Info DailyCandy with content that's totally green? That would be Ideal Bite. The pen. energy or money to do the research themselves. a daily publishing website with an eco-friendly hue that intends to be "a good source of advice for real people leading busy lives. but also as a computer-generated teacher. located in SoHo and Scarsdale. and presto -. Way cool! The creators of this product have made interactive teaching fun. To help parents meet these needs. let's talk about the Spelling module. use the Fly Pen and write them on the paper provided.a calculator. The Scholastic Store. To underline the point. has created Cool-riculum. Get this.or paper. we're looking at the Grade 4 level. a series of fun and enrichment workshops for kids. and independent thinking. This is the same company that brought us the Leapster hand-held gaming and learning tool. slightly larger than an ordinary Bic. The paper is.47 - ." Like the Lazy Environmentalist radio show and other down-to-earth approaches. This comes with grade-specific words for the user.Fly PenTop Education The Fly PenTop Computer is the latest LeapFrog Enterprises product for 8 -13 year-olds. It is also a great way for kids and parents to participate in group activities and socialize with friends. Cool-riculum was designed to provide children with enrichment in their daily skills such as literacy. Source: [Iconoculture] Cool-Riculum Eighty-nine percent of parents believe that it is important for their child to be involved in hands-on activities outside of the classroom. they do it one shade at a time. Ideal Bite recognizes that people don't turn green overnight. . Tap the paper with the ink end and it tells you the instructions to follow. well. We'll pick a selection of words. However. draw the numbers zero through 9 plus the appropriate symbols. almost magic.
” a comedy which became YouTube’s second-most-watched comedy video within 24 hours of its appearance on the website. Source: [Iconoculture] Game of Faith The streets of New York have never looked so barren.com. Four Awesome Guys Studios.Video Production On Youtube Entrepreneurial young South Florida Latinos post their creative homemade videos on YouTube. . black helicopters loom overhead and armed soldiers close ranks on the streets below. The next step: write a script and improve production techniques. Four Latino twentysomething friends starred in a video they produced on the cheap called “Cuban Churro Salesmen.48 - . Soon. which often stereotypes and excludes them. The Internet provides a forum for talented Latino filmmakers and actors with no money or connections in Hollywood. has filmed seven improvised shorts. The friends’ company. An occasional taxi or bus motors down a boulevard as people wander aimlessly among eerily vacant buildings.
Here’s how it works: anyone can submit a TV show pilot (up to five minutes long). Cingular's Mobile Music Studio is a first-of-its-kind platform that offers hundreds of thousands of unsigned artists and bands on MySpace the tools needed to turn their self-produced music into ringtones. The fragrant feature will make its big-screen debut at showings of Terrence Malick’s The New World. then millions of music hopefuls are sure to be talking about the new Cingular Mobile Music Studio available exclusively on MySpace. Two major viral video portals you may not know of yet are Channel 101 and Channel 102. Together with InfoSpace Inc. they believe the faithbased theme is important. the Mobile Music Studio is being trialed by approximately 75 unsigned MySpace bands and artists. Yet. too. But it's the apocalypse without dismemberment or graphic bloodshed. a retelling of the love affair between John Smith and Pocahontas. Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Music Studio If music truly is the universal language. MySpace has more than one million bands and artists using the site to connect and engage with fans. though the game has an element of violence that some Christians argue is counter to teachings of the Bible. Think of these sites as the localized.This isn't your run-of-the-mill video game: Left Behind: Eternal Forces is based on the best-selling Left Behind book series about the apocalypse. these unsigned artists will first be guided through the licensing and production process led by InfoSpace. while the losing . Cingular's Mobile Music Studio will help these artists generate even more exposure and excitement for their music. The film's "fragrance schedule" of custom scents includes Grandeur of Nature.com] Viral Videos You may have heard about YouTube and the viral video craze that’s become one of the hottest Internet trends since the birth of social networking sites. Announced at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2006. Every month the shows are screened for live audiences in Los Angeles (Channel 101) and New York (Channel 102). a long-time Cingular partner and a leading provider of mobile content. Joy of New Love and Grief of Separation. located on a dedicated page on MySpace. Currently. As the leading lifestyle portal and social networking community. Source: [USATODAY] Scene-synchronized Scents Watch and sniff? Specially equipped Japanese movie theaters are enhancing the cinematic experience with scene-synchronized scents. The Mobile Music Studio is just one more example of Cingular's leadership in the convergence of wireless and music. and viewers can vote on which shows to renew and which shows to cancel. Source: [Playfuls. viral video equivalents to American Idol. .49 - . Through Cingular's Mobile Music Studio. The Fragrance Communication system uses NTT Communications' seat-mounted machines to release preprogrammed aromas. The game's creators say they hope to wriggle into the multibillion-dollar mainstream video game market by offering a real-time strategy option for serious gamers. The top five shows then become the “prime time” lineup.
While KidZone could be a gouging opportunity.50 - . and so on. TiVo’s offering isn’t just a nobrainer blocking service. . Source: [Iconoculture] Mat for Total Gaming If you are a gaming-geek then this Entertainment System Sound Mat is all what you could have asked for! Now you don’t need to be grounded for hours for you can now lie down comfortably even while you play! The Pyramat mat is loaded with hi-tech like it includes two 4″ 25 watt coaxial speakers. a “safe” place where kiddies can connect only with programming that meets parental approval. Xbox. Soft on cartoon violence in general. TV. the prime time shows test new episodes against a new selection of pilots.shows are cancelled forever. The mat features dual-layer cushions for maximum comfort. pockets for your remote or your cell-phone and between the pockets is a variety of A/V ports so you can connect everything from your Playstation 2. it will be part of the general TiVo package. but touchy about lewd language? Or just can’t stand the Wiggles? Set your preferences. the special service isn’t priced as an add-on. With experience in software development and technology management. a 25 watt subwoofer. Gamecube. And. The bottom layer elevates you off the ground. Source: [TrendCentral] Safe TV TiVo is going even more consumer-happy by offering TiVo KidZone. At the next month’s viewing. AMI began its mission to improve out-of-home digital networks by offering relevant and entertaining media in high-traffic commercial environments. AMI developed a proprietary application that delivers real-time media over cellular networks. or Stereo. if you love to play for hours at-a-stretch then don’t worry! The mat is made of rip-stop fabric cover and the wipeable nylon used in the mat allows you to clean it properly too! Source: [CoolBuzz] Out-of-Home Digital ActiveMaps Inc: Founded in 2003. the top form-fitting layer is molded to support your neck and back for maximum comfort and no aching. KidZone automatically filters TV content based on families’ personal values. Beginning in mid-2006. and TiVo keeps the offensive out. detachable remote. DVD Player.
customers can visit the Redbox DVD machines at participating McDonald's and rent the newest DVD movies releases for just $1.with no membership forms and no late fees .] Redbox DVD In late May McDonald's unveiled plans to bring a taste of Hollywood to Denver by offering new release DVD movie rentals for just one dollar per night. It could be likened to a digital-age version of the old bloopers TV shows. This week. plus tax . deploys.and return the same movies at any participating McDonald's Denver location. live surf reports by Surfline. McDonald's. AMI's digital solution provides an opportunity to aesthetically upgrade commercial environments. increase in-store revenue through point of purchase strategies. entertain your customers. plus tax.00 per night." a show featuring the most popular video shorts circulating the Net. McDonald's is the first quick service restaurant to offer new DVD movie rentals to consumers.51 - .AMI develops. it began airing a new half-hour series called "Outrageous and Contagious: Viral Video. E! Entertainment news. and unique customer experiences in its restaurants. informative and entertaining media for consumers throughout their day. But now TV producers are turning the tables. and Yahoo! stock quotes. including parodies of the gay-cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" and clips of President George Bush's many verbal faux pas. the company is experimenting with quick service ordering (QSO) kiosks at locations around the globe. long recognized for successfully bringing together the elements of food. The latest new DVD releases are added to the Redbox DVD rental machines every Tuesday. Source: [ActiveMaps Inc. and manages out-of-home digital networks." much to the chagrin of the television networks. the Web has long been a platform for downloading and watching pirated clips of television shows like "Lost" and "The Simpsons. ESPN sports. and entertainment. MSNBC breaking news. At the same time. In short. AMI's out-of-home channel provides real time Sig-Alert and Clear Channel traffic. lifestyle. generate new revenue through advertising. . this quick service restaurant leader has gone kiosk crazy. satisfying. Bravo TV is among the pioneers of the genre. Source: [KIOSK] Net Videos TV Dirty secret or not. is installing fully automated Redbox DVD rental machines in over 100 restaurants throughout Denver. AMI's content driven network remains focused on delivering educational.com. giving customers another great reason to visit The Golden Arches. and incorporate internal training vehicles. In Denver. extending its legacy of introducing new and innovative ways to create relevant. creating new shows around video clips culled from the Web.
these panels are designed to interact with club goers moves as well as D. In the seventies they where all the rage. And ABC News Digital plans to enhance its television news program by drawing on video captured by viewers using cellular phones.52 - .USA Networks.J's sets. the illuminated dance floor is back. International expansion sounds like a no-brainer.400) on their systems. flares or not. nation-wide business: "Magnolia is the new service that will customize your home theater [i.12541. come to your house and hook it all up]". There are currently 70 Magnolia store-in-stores in BestBuys across the US. bar tops and Lionel Ritchie's favorite place to dance. this time in LED form.Js computer equipment allowing an entire set to be pre programmed where the music and lights work together. Fox and NBC are producing similar programming in the coming months.000 (EUR 4. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Easy Home Cinemas US-based Magnolia.e. The panels are not restricted to work only on dance floors and can be fitted to walls. 36 percent of people building new homes want a media room.250/GBP 2.840-28. Source: [TRENDWATCHING. with the majority spending USD 5. ceilings. Now. Special plug ins can be downloaded into the D. is turning the art of installing home theatres (from reclining seats and huge screens to sophisticated sound systems) into a branded. the problem was that dancers flared hot pants would cover the floor panels and kill the effect.000-55.COM] . a division of BestBuy. tell you exactly what to buy] and make it all work together [i. targeting a massive market: according to the National Association of Home Builders.e. Using the latest in pressure sensitive LED technology. Source: [CNet] LED Illuminated Illuminated dance floors are nothing new.
shopping bags. complete with a printed text explanation on the inside of the shirt. LA-based Acrylick aims to make fashion “with a positive message”.two documentaries. Barneys New York launched the ultimate art meets fashion marketing blitz working with the Warhol Foundation on Pop Art windows. "Everybody wants to be cool and groovy and there is this nagging feeling that nobody was more cool and groovy than Andy. the store's creative director. dead artists are at the centre of a major holiday campaign and a luxury designer product launch. For the holidays. 6% Cotton” tees feature unique. "Everyone has been talking Warhol -." Source: [The Hamilton Spectator] Fashionable Message While fashion has always been used as a form of self expression. descriptive graphics. the imminent Edie Sedgwick movie. MAC cosmetics serves up burlesque glamour girl Dita von Teese at a swank dinner at Art Basel Miami. The mutual admiration between art and fashion is turning into a full-on love fest. a special pair of Levi's.53 - . COTAM (Clothing of the American Mind) was one of the first labels to jump on this trend. featuring t-shirts with designs that are accompanied by an explanation of the meaning behind the design. Source: [TrendCentral] . Portraits of the artist by schoolchildren are being exhibited and sold in stores to benefit local arts programs.Happy Warholiday LVMH. keeping people informed and fashionable at the same time. we’re seeing an increase in the number of clothing labels that go beyond aesthetics to make a statement. It was the perfect year for us to have a Happy Warhol-iday. the luxury conglomerate with Vuitton and Dior in its stable. Swedish subscription-based t-shirt label T-post’s “94% News." said Simon Doonan. Each design is based on a current news item. skyrocketing auction prices. even actual cans of Campbell Soup at $12 each. will build a contemporary art museum in Paris. by using quirky graphics and text to convey strong political and social beliefs. And suddenly.
and the illumination shampoos right out. cuts. and dance! If you really want to maximize your potential glow for a short outing then heat up the gel with a hairdryer after application. No jeans are sold on the site. By mixing fluorophors with an appropriate catalyst a chemical reaction occurs that produces the byproduct of light. Source: [TrendCentral] .Chemoluminescent Hair Gel Voltage iGlow is a sulf illuminating hair gel. wearing Voltage gel is the same as cracking open a raver glow stick and pouring the contents over your locks.54 - . In an effort to aid consumers. add the powder (catalyst) to the gel (fluorophor suspension). No bulbs or batteries are necessary to create the glow. but it won't last nearly as long. and should be enough for a couple of people to use for highlights. A 2 oz tube is $11. run through hair. Directions are to open the container. Essentially. websites have been created to analyze personal fit information to identify the “best fitting” brand and item for their particular body shape. but users can click through to purchase from other online stores. Source: [Popgadget] Best Fit Jeans There are more fits. The heat will make the gel burn much brighter. and styles out there than the average shopper can keep track of. especially since sizes vary dramatically from one brand to the other. Zafu analyzes multiple pieces of fit information (no measuring involved) from the user to identify the “best fitting” brand and style of jeans from a bank of over 200 styles and 70 brands.
A boom in the sale of loincloths has been seen since last spring. Worn by such celebrities as Lenny Kravitz. With the hot summer months ahead. bold and daring femininity in our lines. The store predicts that that a full-scale loincloth boom is eminent. but foremost women who believe in making statements. and fireworks. the loincloths may add a new twist to the "Cool-biz" trend of dressing down to cool off. "They're unconstrained and have got good ventilation.55 - . more so. and in just half a year the department store has sold about 5. from sleek designs featuring dots. “We are designers. “There is a hint of romantic. omondieu!’s saucy line of floral jewelry has been making waves with the style set since its inception in 2004. Source: [TrendHunter Magazine] .000 loincloths -roughly 25 times the normal number it sells. omondieu! has generated major buzz from Hollywood to Berlin . Angela’s jewelry translates into chic and unique creations .from elegant silk poppies in pink and red affixed to rings to wild dahlia brooches. a touch of being free.Loincloths Loincloths are being marketed by the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's Ginza district as a feature product for the summer months ahead. Nicole Ritchie. it has emerged. It has prepared an abundant range of products for customers.” As a Canadian currently residing in Germany. It’s a reflection of the self and. goldfish.and everywhere in between." a department store official said. Source: [Mainichi Interactive] Flower Rings Designed with the fun. Angela is inspired by secret gardens the world over with all omondieu! rings handmade in Europe. and yes. and they're suited for Japan's humid summers.” says founder and lead designer Angela Gwinner. and Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View. to loincloths that come with matching T-shirts. Bringing with her a Canadian sense of natural beauty and relaxed style. a reflection of lifestyle. colour and passion that life offers in mind.
A Pea in the Pod. And now it’s all available online. Eschewing all colors but teal and white. And sometimes we feel defenseless against things like war. and people who wear socks with sandals. and guys can turn to her monochromatic tees for a little extra security. Horrific images. and tops are designed to protect wearers both physically and emotionally. disease. Each piece is made with soft fabrics and round pads to provide cushioning around vital organs like the stomach and heart. Turbow uses the same soothing hues favored for hospital scrubs. There are also purses. shoulder bags. skirts. Mimi Maternity and Motherhood Maternity celebrate mothers-to-be at every stage. Thankfully. Source: [DailyCandy] . bad world can be a very scary place. and Rebecca Turbow’s Safe clothes.56 - . Source: [Yenra] Safe and Secure The big. offering stunning wedding gowns for pregnant brides.Mother-to-be Brides Traditional elegant white bridal dress for mother-to-be makes pregnant bride feel beautiful on her special day. Turbow’s playful collection of durable dresses. Women today are living their lives on their own terms. and wallets to help soothe anxiety. champagne cocktails. there are coping mechanisms: little blue pills. all. shorts.
nuts. After all. a premium product with premium packaging that merits a premium price. Mariah Carey and Shaquille O’Neal. founder of Muzz Buzz. crunchy sugary cereal. The space is modernly decorated with Philippe Starck's crystal-clear Charles Ghost stools and Victoria Ghost chairs and wavy. convenient and satisfying. that are frosted and have genuine Swarovski crystals that spell out the water’s name. Bling is a stand-alone beverage as well as the perfect compliment to your favorite cocktail.—that elevate the frozen treat into a personalized dessert. Craig Muzeroll. Source: [GUSH] Drive Thru Coffee No other substance screams WAKE UP as effortlessly as coffee. Especially delicious after a salty. it’s the many toppings—fresh fruit. Be on the lookout for new stores in Chelsea. Australian company Muzz Buzz has capitalised on the realisation that people want their coffee to be quick. Paris Hilton (and Tinkerbell). all consumers need to do is drive thru. that’s right for a bottle of water. garlic-y Korean meal. Available in only two flavors.00 to $40. Source: [Cool Hunting] Premium Water Bling H2O has a limited edition bottle available in two sizes.57 - . in-transit consumption is designed with one purpose – saving time. cookie crumbs. just to name a few. the Upper East Side and Soho. etc. repro pendant lights by Poul Christiansen. plain and green tea (although I've heard no one ever gets the green tea). identified a gap in the Australian market and decided he wanted to give Australians a reason for getting out of bed in . “Bling H2O is to bottled water what Rolls Royce is to automobiles. it's neither a new fragrance nor a nasty skin condition but rather a frozen yogurt phenomena that's already taken over LA and recently opened their first NYC location in Koreatown. Prices range from $24.Pinkberry If you haven’t heard about the wonders of Pinkberry.” (Baller Status)It has been featured at the Grammy’s.00. the yogurt is tangy like real yogurt and not overly sweet like normal frozen yogurt. VMA’s and BET Awards and has been sampled by Jamie Foxx. At Muzz Buzz.
coli. participating eateries include Subway. Quiznos and a few independent salad and sushi joints. Hyper lives demand maximization of all the gadgetry at our fingertips.58 - . So far. Here's how it works: Hungry citizens use their cellphones (or a computer) to text an order to a restaurant from a selected list and pay with a linked credit card.) Source: [Springwise] Fruity Ice Cubes Ice Kids are secured ice cubes. hepatitis) or an expensive single-malt Scotch (minerals). guaranteed free of things that can ruin a tropical vacation (E. "Children can thus pour spring water over Ice Kids fruit ice cubes and enjoy the same tastes as their favorite juices without consuming extra sugar". Want the usual? Frequent Mobo users can save their "faves" for speedier service. (Let’s just hope the government doesn’t ban drivers from eating and drinking while driving. and consumers expect businesses to keep up.. "Fast food" doesn't mean the same thing it did even five years ago. The restaurant sends a text message when the order is ready and has a special Mobo counter for pickup. Premium coffee beans and unique Muzz Buzz flavours tempt consumers' tastebuds and since inception the Muzz Buzz menu has expanded to include convenient-to-eat-while-driving food. colored with natural fruit extracts like blueberry..the morning. a growing franchise drive-thru coffee chain which offers quality coffee at a reasonable price and convenient (high traffic flow) locations. Secured ice cubes are made with purified water. Some consumers might find the benefits of high-priced ice debatable at best. But the addition of natural fruit flavoring lends a healthy twist that may justify the cost for some parents. According to the website. The service – short for "mobile order" – enables Manhattanites to order and pay for food ahead of time. Source: [Iconoculture] Food Text Services Think of Mobo as curbside takeout for urban dwellers. That reason became Muzz Buzz. lemon and strawberry. Source: [Iconoculture] .
Possible dishes include ostrich pâté and bone marrow gateau – and a ceramic bowl full of mineral water.59 - . naturellement. tart. and other fruit flavors will find my Cocktail Kick a terrific enhancement. and is as safe as it is sour. Princess. Chef Durand has spent months testing the canine menu on his poodle. “But I’m a purist who prefers the puckery taste of Cocktail Kick all by itself. Anyone who favors drinks with lemon.” says Mr. chef Didier Durand of Cyrano's Bistrot will serve a $5 prix fixe canine menu to his patrons' pets. Arizona-based Sweet’s Brand. Source: [Cocktail Kick] Canine Cafe If the Chicago City Council passes an ordinance letting dogs dine alongside their owners at outdoor cafés.Cocktail Kick The next big thing to hit the Cocktail Kingdom is a retro-modern shaker full of fun from Phoenix. Ed Sweet. mojitos. “But they’ve never been sour enough for me…Until now. martinis. and more. limes. Citric acid comes from lemons. Sweet.” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick can be mixed into drinks and used to rim the glass. bloody marys. The company is proud to introduce Cocktail Kick — a new product that adds an extra puckery. lime. tangy taste to adult beverages like margaritas. “Some people like to create a rimming mixture by combining Cocktail Kick with sugar or salt. and other fruits and is used in sodas and candy. Inc.” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick consists of 100% citric acid crystals. Source: [Iconoculture] Straws with Flavours .” says company founder and CEO. “I like a good margarita and whiskey sour.
retro is in. Source: [GRAB YOUR FORK] Beans in Toast The Daily Telegraph: FOR those who find baked beans on toast just too messy to put together. The straws are unique in its use of tiny flavoured beads entrapped within the straw. 1 apple.99. Heinz has devised a frozen baked bean sandwich which simply needs to be heated in a toaster. Packaging was originally developed in Japan for Nasa. and apples and bananas are conveniently packaged by nature. not drinks. gradually dissolve and flavour each mouthful of milk. sometimes consumers favour something even easier. "If people take the time to cook beans and put it on toast. help is on the way. This innovative flavouring straw won Best New Retail Product at the Sydney tradeshow as well. for example. why shouldn't we cut the process for them and give them beans on toast?" he said. and the product is currently only available in (parts) of the United States. E4B ("Easy for Busy") steps up to the challenge.Does anyone remember wax straws? And how there was a fleeting fad of coating the insides with chocolate syrup so it would flavour your milk as you sucked? The chocolate flavour never lasted very long (and I always ended up destroying my straw in the process) but as we all know. The beads. which are made of tapioca starch. and the pouch's seven layers make for a shelf-life of a year. The products are slurpable. Heinz chief Bill Johnson said the company needed to give people "new ways to use beans". half a banana. The technology is being developed by Heinz researchers in New Zealand. and technology is rampant! Enter the Sipahh: easily the most exciting product we saw at the Fine Food Show last week. and no artificial additives. Source: [Springwise] .60 - . And we weren't the only ones. E4B's mango flavour. contains 2 mangos. A special filter at each end of the straw keeps the beads in but allows milk to be sucked through. Source: [The Daily Telegraph] Mangos and Apples for Busy People Although nothing beats fresh fruit. but presented as snacks. Pricing seems a bit steep at USD 5. packing the puree of multiple fruits into portable pouches.
Dream Dinners. Source: [Springwise] Ice Cream on Demand Banana ice cream with peanut butter cups mixed in? Not a problem for MooBella. Because it uses flash freezing instead of the standard slow churning method. home-cooked meals. healthier options and at a lower cost than take-out or frozen supermarket meals. all of the dinner assembly companies offer essentially the same service: customers schedule a session online. allowing customers to create any combination they like. assembling a meal at each station by scooping ingredients into freezer bags or disposable baking pans. picking meals from a monthly menu. The front of the machine features a touch-screen display showing a menu of flavours and mix-ins. has expanded from 49 locations.Meal Assembly The concept has exploded in the past year. and the field's leader. Customers move around the store. If the machine runs out of a flavour. Meals are easily customized to accommodate personal tastes or diets. tasty. Finally. the packaged meals are clearly labeled with cooking instructions.61 - . MooBella can produce ice cream on demand from room temperature ingredients. Business is booming for a reason: the meal assembly concept offers time-starved consumers an innovative and convenient way to provide their families with nutritious. a high-tech vending machine that makes ice cream to order in 45 seconds. . it's removed from the menu and an order is automatically placed for a refill. Though they vary in style. Entrepreneurs across the US have started their own dinner assembly stores. with more variety.
colors. Because so many carb-conscious people are using lettuce leaves in lieu of hamburger buns. decided to sell lettuce leaves designed expressly for this purpose. Source: [Strange New Products] Multi Cola Ipifini's Programmable Liquid Container technology employs buttons on the container's surface that release additives (flavors. Source: [Springwise] Crispy Lettuce Wraps President's Choice. 7UP. The tomatoes were grown in Lancashire and the Isle of Wight. fragrances) into the liquid. Loblaws Inc.62 - . introduced new "Crispy Lettuce Wraps". Source: [SBS. has unveiled its curvaceous new packaging Curvy. Called the tiger tomato. a programmable cola bottle with buttons for lemon. Promoting the new packaging is 7UP's popular brand mascot Fido Dido in company with Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat. the machine also communicates wirelessly through satellite technology to provide company headquarters with inventory and sales data. which owns the President's Choice brand. Source: [Yenra] Novelty Fruit A green and red-striped tomato is the latest "designer" food set to hit the supermarket shelves in Britain. and cherry flavors as well as a caffeine button allows for thirty-two potential choices of soda. MooBella is decidedly high-tech.. The cherry-sized fruit was created in response to increased demand for novelty produce.Raised in Massachusetts. . M&S is also launching an even sweeter-tasting variety called the "strawmato" which it says goes well with melted chocolate. sourced from PA] 7UP Curvy Clear lime brand of PepsiCo India. They claim it's a versatile cross between Romaine and Iceberg lettuce flexible enough for folding. a Canadian brand of food products. Not only does its onboard computer run on Linux. lime. said Marks & Spencer.80) for 275g.99 (A$4. but still crispy. vanilla. Tiger tomatoes cost STG1. For example. Additive buttons allow for the consumer to choose variations of the liquid in the container at the point of consumption. A programmable paint container with twenty pigment additive buttons allows the consumer to choose from one million colors. leaves of hybrid lettuce for the purpose of making low-carb bread-free burgers. it has magenta-coloured flesh and is slightly sweeter than standard varieties.
A unique. folic acid and other essential vitamins.S. that's how the beer maker is setting his beer from the rest of the brands. India executive marketing director Punita Lal. Source: [Indiantelevision. including PimpJuice. according to Beverage Digest.Says Pepsi Foods Pvt Ltd. However. according to creator Lawrence Schwartz. Schwartz said the federal government told him that he cannot claim the beer is good for drinkers and can't list vitamins on the labels because it would be an implied health claim. Source: [Ubercool] Vitamin Beer A brewer in Dallas has created a beer that promises to be better for you because it is filled with vitamins. packaging solution with stylish contours. according to the report. Schwartz said Stampede tastes just like regular beer but with a kick." Schwartz said.com] Energy Drink In 2005. up 75% from US$2 billion. "Stampede is the first Vitamin-enhanced beer. 7UP Curvy is unlike anything we have seen so far in India. according to a Local 6 News report. which Nelly promises will “make you party all night just like a pimp. U. We are positive that the cool new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle will enhance consumer connect with the youth". a native Chinese herb that has for centuries been used for its aphrodisiac effects.” Given the sagging libidos of hundreds of millions of baby boomers. Globally.63 - . market in 2001. Austria’s energy drink Turn On. Dozens of energy drink brands have hit store shelves since Red Bull was introduced to the U. Source: [Local6. containing Schizandra.com] . should find ready appeal. the energy drink market topped US$5 billion in 2004. Stampede beer is enhanced with B vitamin. energy drink sales grew to US$3.S. "We are pleased to present the new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle which spells style. aesthetics & differentiation.3 billion. making it the fastest growing portion of the nonalcoholic beverage market.
jawbreakers. To them we say. So you can cop a fix any time you need it. or nuts." stated Paul Chibe. senior marketing director for Wrigley. or molasses cookie. Them. and gum . chocolates. thanks to Divvies. For an afternoon refreshment. we feel for — that sucks. But things are about to turn around. “Consumers told us that they were looking for an innovative and exciting way to enjoy the Doublemint brand that they grew up with. The large quantities of caffeine. very addicted to. What you need instead is SpazzStick. is a drug. The company’s treats are made without dairy. Or take a goody bag filled with kettle corn. flip-top pack.64 - . chocolate chip. as many a sanctimonious health freak has informed us. try an oatmeal raisin. One you can be very. Doublemint Twins mints packaging comes with the familiar blue and green Doublemint arrows and come in a convenient. the lip balm formulated with copious amounts of caffeine. meanwhile. best of luck. are absorbed quickly and effortlessly through your lips. Still. And then there are those with allergies who do it because they have no choice. To which we reply: So call us Pete Doherty and pass the biscotti. Source: [BRANDWEEK] Caffeine SpazzStick Caffeine. Offered in both Wintercreme and Mintcreme flavors. along with an ad campaign that satirizes its own brand. Suggested retail price is 69 cents for 37 mints. eggs. Wrigley’s Doublemint Twins mints feature two flavors in one mint. Invented by an Alaskan police officer in need of a wake-up aid (polar bear-on-polar bear crime is apparently way down). the late-night runs to your dealer for double espressos have gotten a little out of hand. the Doublemint brand today debuted its first new product in nearly a century. Source: [DailyCandy] No Fear of Allergies There are those who do the whole nondairy/nonanimal product thing by choice.Wrigley's First New Product In Nearly A Century Known throughout the ad world for its iconic “Doublemint Twins” ads. We’ll just be over here enjoying our Easy Cheese and Slim Jims. the balm contains skin-softening ingredients that heal your lips in even the coldest weather and comes in tasty flavors like vanilla toffee and cool mint.
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educational tools. Asian vegetables. barbecued meats to go and baked treats. which offer up an affordable. Walk into any T&T right now and you'll be greeted by a blaze of red and gold. Whether you're a self-confessed kitchen klutz or a seasoned dabbler in Chinese cuisine-no fuss. – is an online beehive of proorganic moms. wellness experts. from aisles of staples and specialties to frozen dim sum. The maternal healthnuts share info and inspiration about how to raise healthier. fresh shellfish feast on a whim." jokes T&T's Melina Hung.66 - . happier kids and steer clear of pesticides. if for no other reason than its well-stocked live seafood tanks. exposés.O. The all-natural network was created by farmer-owned food label Organic Valley. Multimedia downloads. of course. who says busy schedules and the lack of an official Canadian holiday make it challenging for people to find time to prepare the dishes they need to celebrate in style. no muss-these well-executed dishes offer the perfect chance to put on your own Chinese New Year's celebration at home. and pollutants. Source: [Iconoculture] . There's more. Source: [The VanCouver courier] Organic matters Mothers of Organic – otherwise known as M. preservatives. organic chefs. Organic has moved out of the specialty aisles of our grocery stores and now pop off almost every shelf. The Hired Belly is a big fan of T&T. as the stores gear up to celebrate Chinese New Year-which this year includes a more polished offering of T&T's popular table-ready. takeout Chinese New Year's menu. Nutritionists. "Think restaurant food at supermarket prices. and celebrity activists (like Raffi!) regularly contribute advice. and personal experiences.O.Chinese New Year Takeout T&T Supermarket is celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dog in style this month. and fun activity suggestions help wellnessminded moms instill the organic spirit (and healthy eating habits) in their kids.
binders and all the gear you need for your day. Source: [BornRich] . Well. Not only will you be allowed to take the cigarettes out only at the pre-defined intervals. of course.Nicostopper If smoking de-addiction is one of your new year resolutions AND you are serious about it. the Nicostopper will also flash “self-help” messages each time to make you feel guilty as well. The Nicostopper is an electronic cigarette dispenser in which you can fit a maximum of 10 cigarettes at a time. you program the intervals at which you would like to take a smoke. Source: [Popgadet] Wearable Computing Devices If you want to be always equipped with your favorite personal computing devices all-the-time without carrying any external baggage then. how about walking down the street wearing all of them in a special outfit. tracks and play/pause. No more digging for that iPod. Backpack iD. The backpack’s keypad. The trick. if you quiet liked the idea then you dont have to go on looking for a Bond-tailor to get one. Dual main compartments are roomy enough for books. the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has designed one for you.E.67 - . And we're hoping that the $300 you would have to shell out for it might be a good enough incentive.pick your color and even chose options such as locking zippers and a ventilated back. like a discerning grandmother. The coolest feature is the online customization feature -. located on the right shoulder strap. and connects to iPods via a dock connector. has controls for volume. the Flexible OLED suit.R.O. Once the ciggies are in. The special outfit is decorated with wearable personal computing devices. lies in sticking to the device alone to dispense your cigarettes. Source: [Popgadget] Play iPod from Backpack Nike has introduced the C. check out the Nicostopper from Fagor. a new customizable backpack that features integrated iPod controls. but.
Though for guarding purpose dogs are the best options over cats. it will meow. The canines are alert and scary (at least when needed) as opposed to the felines who are sluggish and gullible all the time. folks. But at such times. I’m still a fan of regular books. you need to leave your chair for answering nature’s call or whatever else. children or spouses make the best of it and try to peek into what you have been unto. Source: [Gush magazine] Keep Cool The Chosun Ilbo lists some unique products whose fun concepts and designs can help you cool down the last hot summer days. Source: [Gizmodiva] iPod Stories PlayAway Books are like little iPods that contain books such as John Grisham’s “The Broker” and Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. hiss and sing melodies in order to scare away the intruders. When you walk away from your computer and there somebody wants to touch your PC. Source: [Digital Chosunilbo] . The summer's biggest hit is a small and handily designed USB fan that needs no external power when connected to a desktop of laptop. But this USB Kitty begs to differ! It’s a watch-cat for your computer. They come with ear buds and a lanyard to wear around your neck so people can still see what you’re reading or in this case listening to. We just live in it. but these would be good for traveling. When you’re working on PC.68 - .USB Feline It's Kitty's world.
cellphones and even digital cameras. at least not if the 2006 IDEA award winning design concept from the kids over at Brooklyn's Platt Institute is taken from art to part anytime soon. Well no more dear reader. jogging or otherwise. Featured on the ZDNet review “Wild for women’s gadgets. The E-rope. These boys come in all sizes and shapes resulting in at least one or two unusable sockets due to overlap. But what if you could do both? Take a look at Swapsets. it generally seems like a hard task to look stylish and wear headphones at the same time. simple and universal tools that keep them going are key to making consumers feel prepared. GPS. Whew! Seems like a pretty ingenious idea and the product itself looks too adorable to resist. Source: [Iconoculture] Easy Power Strip As we all know. an interesting new line of headbands for women by designer Steffi Thomas. Road warriors running low on juice can open up Solio's three solar panels. Taking toys on the road is becoming an essential part of travel. bulky plugs.Headband + Headphones + Headset For most of us who use headphones while commuting. which fan out like a clover. that folds up into a 4-in. the biggest problem with conventional power strips are the unconventional plugs with whom the ol' girl mates. Worried about . a degree of self-sufficiency around important gadgets creates feelings of security and empowerment. teardrop. The headset is optional and so are Dangles. and charge up their electronic gadgets with a small connector cord. Source: [Popgadget] Power On The Go Fun in the sun gets a jolt of power with Solio. is a modular power strip which can be twisted about to better accommodate cable gore with large.-by-2-in. designed by Chul Min Kang and Sung Hun Lim. For cautious travelers. a solar-powered battery charger for iPods. on the spot.” this headband helps you dress it up by functioning as a headband-cumheadphones-cum-headset. which can be attached to the bottom of the headband to look like earrings.69 - . and portable.
They did this by either stimulating them or suppressing them. . and I can only imagine what it must be like to suffer continuously with migraine headaches. but I have had a couple of occasions when I’ve had the most unbearable headaches and sensitivity to bright lights.99. isn’t well understood at this time. while you're down there you could just unplug the damn thing but that's just an inconvenient truth. and vision etc. . and the livin' is . just give the socket section a 90-degree twist to strangle-off the current. No stirring is needed with this automatic machine. The second prize winner is an interesting concept of InCar coffee machine featured here that is . applying different TMS signals to different parts of the brain. Source: [JS Online] Caffine innovation The Milan furniture fair contest focused on how the coffee rituals will evolve in the future. Strawberry. The device is a spin-off of neuroscientific studies attempting to identify functions of different parts of the brain. low-frequency magnetic pulses that suppress the spread of a migraine. way too hot to be easy. anywhere. frozen yogurt or sorbet? Make all three in just 20 minutes with the new Triple Scoop gourmet ice cream and frozen treat maker from Euro-Pro. Can't agree on an ice cream flavor? No problem . manufacturers keep churning out delicious new ways to feed these seasonal cravings. researchers found that they could map the different parts of the brain that deal with (or are somehow associated with) language. The card enables you to access your favorite coffee anytime. chocolate chip or French vanilla? Ice cream. Using the technique of transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS. Fortunately. which holds coffee preferences for registered individuals. though exactly how. Source: [Coolest Gadgets] Triple Scoop It's summertime.99 to $89. The first prize winner is the “Nespresso Card” that is a personal chipcard. which comes with three insulated stainless steel canisters and a book of recipes.make three at once. The hand-held migraine zapper is a gadget which produces short but strong. A see-through cover with feeder hole lets you keep an eye on the treats and easily add mix-ins such as nuts or candies. Available at national retailers and Web sites for $59. Of course.70 - .vampire devices quietly leaching power off the mains? No problem. eh? E-rope [Engadget] Migraine Zapper I’m fortunate enough not to suffer with migraines. memory.
" said Lisa Kasanicky. So. spending up to $240 for a single treatment. Pomegranate is the new green tea for spa treatments because of all the antioxidants. Spa owners say newly discovered healing benefits in foods like caviar. Care has been taken to assure that these products contain no controversial sweeteners such as aspartame or saccharin." she said.71 - . Source: [East Valley Tribune] Dental Hygiene Zenith Dental introduces Kolorz. Prophylaxis Paste. To develop this new product. now you can have as many cups of hot coffee as you wish even when you are driving! Source: [Bornrich] Facials Good Enough to Eat It's the newest trend among Scottsdale spas pureed perishables used to attract upscale clientele. the unusual is becoming so usual at the spas that Scottsdale's Convention and Visitor's Bureau took notice and compiled a list of some of the more exotic resort spa treatments. But others say it's mostly hype. "People are looking for more exotic and different types of treatments. and Foam and Gel Fluoride. noncaloric . vice president of communications for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. "But honestly. For instance. a new hygiene line that includes a Topical Anesthetic Gel. "Spa is becoming more and more of an everyday thing in people’s health and wellness routine. chief executive of Arizona Spa Girls. the antioxidants in fruits like pomegranates and cranberries are supposed to reduce wrinkles and improve skin. They are both common ingredients in facials and body scrubs. Zenith went to gourmet food industry experts to develop products with a superior taste and smell. a safe." Kasanicky said." said Laura McMurchie. coffee and chocolate are helping spagoers stay young and beautiful." Regardless.designed by Thijs van Cuyk and Lavrans Laading of the Netherlands. I am just seeing everything that you can possibly eat in a spa treatment. The list included everything from a coffee-grounds body wrap to a massage using warm golf balls. "Probably the hottest food right now is pomegranate. The gadget fits conveniently into the centre console of a car and can also double as an armrest when you aren’t using it to make lattes. Kolorz contains Sucralose®. "Right now. a local spa directory Web Site. it's probably better if you just ate it. And local spagoers are eating it up.
Their site describes. You will be very impressed with the taste and smell of the variety of popular flavors. and Xylitol.72 - . Be sure to try this one. a natural sweetener found in fruits and berries. bars and gyms.zenithdental. Both of these are safe for diabetics. a UK company. The saviour of bad hair days has arrived. Source: [Dental Economics] Straight Up Hairstyling Machine Beautiful Vending. Order from your dealer or go to www. so for those occasions when sleek and sexy turns to shock and horror. In order to prevent allergic reactions in patients with Celiac disease. the Straight Up machine is now available in clubs. “We all know how frustrating the British weather can be.com for more information.sweetener. all Kolorz products are gluten-free. has released a hair straightener vending machine.” Source: [Trendhunter] Mobile Dentist . the rain. wind and even the heat can cause perfectly styled hair to ‘frizz’ and ruin the best night or day out. we have the solution.
rays taken before scheduled dental work. Egan had popped in to have X. The powder contains a cultivated bio-vitamin complex which helps the skin regenerate its natural support system." said Taube. a manufacturer of cosmetics and skin care products. mobility and the American reverence for saving time. sat in a dentist's chair and had her teeth cleaned. entered. His company's basic service combines technology. She. The zit-zapping confection contains Borba's "Skin Balance Clarifying AquaLess Crystalline Powder" to remove toxins and improve skin clarity. Whiter teeth and a thinner body to go with it? As beauty buffs raise the bar on what they see in the mirror. in another mobile dental office decorated in pale blue amid menacing power drills and X-ray equipment. multitasking products give them greater hope of keeping up. now you can eat too much chocolate to take them off. a Las Vegas company founded seven years ago by Chris Davenport. are two toothpastes that claim to curb hunger cravings with herbal formulas that signal the brain that the body has eaten. After a short distance. a poker dealer at the Stardust Resort and Casino." she said. "If you know Las Vegas traffic these days. What will you tell your kids now? Source: [Strange New Products] Slimming Toothpaste Hungry? Go brush your teeth. who trains employees in the huge casino's slot machine operations. appreciated the convenience. who is not a dentist.S. Beverly Egan. each fitted with two dental offices in which dentists and hygienists see about 1. Source: [Iconoculture] .Site Dental NV. you know what a benefit this is. The mobile units are owned by On.73 - .T. Most of the patients are employees covered by the casinos' dental insurance plans. she was back at work. which pay up to 80 percent of the costs of most dentistry. Consumers hot on the trail of a thinner body are happy to try new therapies that don’t involve eating less or exercising more.000 patients every Monday through Saturday in the parking lots of 11 casinos in Las Vegas. sat in airconditioned comfort. but an entrepreneur.A. This visit took only 30 minutes. Source: [IHT] Ingestible Skin Care Borba. extended its line of "ingestible skin care" products with its new "Chocolate Clarifying Bar". If it was eating too much chocolate that put zits on your face. she approached a trailer. Down on the Strip. too.Samantha Taube stepped out of the MGM Grand hotel and casino into the bright sun to walk to the parking lot. On-Site Dental owns two trailers. After 20 minutes. "I'd have to take three hours at least if I had to drive to an office. White Glo Crave Away and F.
com] New Medical Trend in China Chinese biomedical scientists are now developing a new approach to medicine by combining traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedical science.. However.. Tough job. . For instance. huh? They actually came up with some really cool stuff.. There was a time when “ethical beauty” was a bit of an oxymoron. in treating fractures the traditional dexterity in coaxing broken ends of bones into alignment has been successfully adopted. magnetic Batman Batcave to hold dental supplies. To be ethical. This is the current medical trend in China.toothbrushes? And not just any toothbrush. Before you dismiss the significance of toothbrush technology. but "toothbrush toys promoting good dental hygiene. the Chinese admit that this process has only just begun. to stimulate the patient's appetite and to improve his general condition with herbs while being treated with Western anti-cancer remedies. a toothbrush that lets you mix up your own flavors. and the results are encouraging. in cancer therapy. i.) The course worked with MIT Dental. Some significant results have already been achieved. the hunt is on for alternatives. and with the real expert themselves..74 - ." Instructor Barry Kudrowitz's Toy Product Design course created protypes of kid-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste dispensers to get kids excited about dental hygiene. and a even gravitydefying. consider these findings from an MIT survey: "Toothbrush beats out car and computer as the invention Americans can't live without.. for instance. and x-ray has been used to check whether there was accurate bone union. Source: [Entrez PubMed] Ethical Beauty For those dismayed by Anita Roddick’s “sell-out” to L’Oreal and who have sworn never to darken the Body Shop’s doorstep again. a product had to be worthy. Heart diseases are treated with Western drugs in combination with Chinese herbal medicine.e. Hasbro toys. it seemed. Ancient theories such as Fu Chen Pei Ben (to strengthen the patient's vitality) are applied.Toothbrush Tech Leave it to the folks at MIT to develop hightech. (Results of the design competition come out soon. unglamorous and look and smell as if it was made of sand and sawdust." Source: [Gearlog. Entries include a brush that dispenses a sticker every time you brush well. 2nd graders at a local academy.
the tongue cleaner is a new design of an age-old product that provides many oral and general-health benefits. effective and even luxurious products and most are available in a health food shop. They believe they're setting a new standard in oral care. quite the contrary. made by Ireland’s Telcomed. It's not because they're disgusting or anything. gum massagers and flossers. It's just that the two founders of Israeli company VeriFresh Ltd. Source: [News & Star] VeriFresh The first thing most people probably feel like doing after talking with Theodore Welt and Jonathan Weisberg is brushing their teeth and cleaning their tongues. Web. Crunching the numbers trumps doing crunches. "Wherever there are toothbrushes." Welt states emphatically like a mouth care evangelist. monitors vital signs with a wireless wrist-top device that measures everything from body temperature and blood pressure to oxygen saturation and onelead EKG. Source: [Iconoculture] .75 - .Things have changed radically (due in part to the dramatic rise of the Body Shop in the Eighties) and there are now many ranges suiting all sorts of budgets offering good quality. or fax. Patients activate the WristClinic at preset times. Consumers also can opt to have measurements transmitted continuously. salon or chemist near you. Source: [Israel21c] Wrist-top Clinic WristClinic. using icons on the LCD menu to transmit data to a telemedicine call center or an automated Web-based databank. as he takes the VeriFresh tongue cleaner out of his briefcase to demonstrate. According to Welt. are very persuasive and descriptive when talking about their line of futuristic products including tongue cleaners. Globetrotting executives and other busy consumers who need to keep tabs on their vital signs feel more secure leaving home with a mobile wrist-top clinic. Today’s health-conscious consumers are as concerned with monitoring their stats as they are about long-term physical fitness. where it’s stored for later retrieval by e-mail. there's also going to be a tongue cleaner. which provides a solution for the 200 million Americans who suffer from a range of oral problems ranging from bad breath to periodontal-disease-causing bacteria.
Sephora has staked out the middle ground. department stores allow more hands-on access. playing on that 1950s style. who will preen your lady guests with a VIP hair and make-up session — and they do it all in the loos. “We’re coming from the same place. when women looked immaculate. it’s a wonder that nobody thought of the Powderpuff Girls sooner. with a love of retro style.” Reynolds is a ballet dancer-turned-make-up artist. Powderpuff’s girl-in-chief. “I love Lulu Guinness’s look. . has remained stuck in its longstanding "look but don't touch" tradition." Source: [The Sunday Times] Radical Cosmetics For products as individual and personal as the look of your face. you can hire in this crack team of professional make-up artists in sexy but prim Agent Provocateur-inspired uniforms. Alternatively. the pigment in a Nars blusher. “I really like your top.S.S. She says the Powderpuff Girls offer more than just a useful hair and make-up service: it’s a whole aesthetic. a place where the barriers and bitchiness of womanhood come down and two strangers will bond over the texture of a Stila lip gloss. drug stores sell cosmetics in sealed-plastic packaging that require shoppers to buy things like lipstick without a chance to try it on. “At late-night parties. It created a retail environment that invited customers to roam the store and try on different lipsticks. Spotting a void in the marketplace. eyeliners and blushes made by many different manufacturers. with a simple. Three years ago Europe's leading retail beauty chain moved into the U.” she says. though.” Given our ability to turn a lavatory into a private boudoir of chat and beauty. For £400. if radical. says that.76 - . you ’ll get women coming in who want a whole adventurous change to their look. but only with the hovering attention of a sales person whose commission is driven by pushing a specific brand. it is remarkable that cosmetics merchandising in the U. at weddings.Powerpuff Make-up Artists Women have always treated the ladies like a no man’s land. Instead of department store-type cosmetics counters that force shoppers to interact with a salesperson to sample a product. or a simple. Katie Reynolds. mid-evening. On one hand. concept. Both approaches leave something to be desired. they tend to be booked for the start of the reception so guests can have their make-up touched up before the next stage in a long day.
Time for a pill? The SIMpill bottle takes the guesswork out of medicine schedules. it can mean safer medicating and better health for forgetful patients. a revolutionary water filter for your shower—and the closest you can get to showering with pure spring water short of a trip to the Rockies. and all the more manageable. SIMpill notifies the patient via text message on their cell. Prices usually out of sight in department stores are prominently marked. David Green. and other harsh chemicals that dry out the hair. strip the skin and hair of natural protective oils and prematurely fade hair color. “The biggest comment we get about the shower filter is how much softer it makes your skin and hair.” says Antin. Source: [Sephora.77 - . Dr. there’s no warning – a better system than constant alarms. Sephora's open. an alert hits the phone of a family member or other designated caregiver (Business Day 1. heavy metals. Lancome and Calvin Klein. Gucci.05). rendering hair soft. shiny. If the pill’s taken at the appointed time. because “people get message fatigue” Source: [Iconoculture] . minimalist displays entice shoppers with sumptuous product colors. Strategically placed mirrors. astringent and makeup remover encourage sampling. says SIMpill’s inventor. Source: [BusinessWeek] Pure H2O Antin has long required his model and actor clients to shower with bottled spring water the night before a photo shoot so their strands are in top condition for the next day—and free of what Antin says are the dulling and drying effects of tap water. Without the pressure of a salesperson eager to close a sale and move on to the next customer. Christian Dior.Sephora is organized around freestanding racks that feature such chic brands as Bulgari. tissues. If there’s no response.com] Alarm Pills As technology lets us monitor more aspects of our lives. This breakthrough water filtration system removes these damaging elements. Pharmacists program pill-popping times into the dispenser. So when Antin created his Jonathan Product hair care line. shoppers feel free to spend an hour or more trying out different colors and different brands until they arrive at the exact ones they like. Antin has taken water purification to the next level with the introduction of his Beauty Water™ Shower Purification System. Now. packaging and bottle design. he used only deionized. cotton swabs.25. using cellphone tech to alert patients (or their caregivers) when a prescribed dose is missed. and if the bottle’s opened too early or too late. According to Antin and his team of researchers. tap water is loaded with chlorine. purified water to offset the dulling minerals found in tap water.
Both are multi-use outdoor living spaces. Every garden office comes complete with integral electrics and includes sockets and lighting. but the Miana was specifically designed to be used as an office. so in most cases buyers don't need planning permission. The buildings are designed to fall within UK permitted development rights.78 - . iscape manufactures and sells purpose-built garden offices. Source: [Springwise] Washroom Fun . Design conscious lawn commuters might be more interested in the company's bespoke service. with all stages of the project undertaken and co-ordinated in-house. which creates garden offices to a customer's exact wishes.Garden Offices For everyone who'd like to escape office politics and the daily commute.
we're happy to say that it has finally arrived. rather than soil or water. adding that she hopes to hit $1 million next year. As the site puts it. you can just flush it away. It's also marketed for young children. with the help of the "smart" lighting and nutrient-cycling that comes with the garden. greens. the garden goes for $149. a 69-year-old retired machinist.000 in revenues from the bowls this year. said Linda Jacobs.79 - . cherry tomatoes and strawberries. the company claims accelerated growth and increased yields over hydroponics and traditional outdoor gardening. allowing the user to easily spoon from it without tilting it forward. said Willie Jacobs. the couple's upstart company. Jacobs and his wife. gourmet herbs. herbs and the like in your kitchen (or just about anywhere indoors) by suspending plant roots in the air. when you can challenge your brain with Sudoku. before it was available for sale. and are marketed and distributed by Glori Beee's Kidz Corp. including things like chili peppers. AeroGrow also offers seed kits to go with the garden.95. We featured AeroGrow's aeroponics system back in the day. "It's a useful product. The bowls are manufactured by Warren Specialty Molding in Chicago. “if you make a mistake noone need know. the colorful.” Source: [Uber-Review] Tilted Soup Bowls Willie Jacobs. now find their product listed in one of the largest professional rehabilitation catalogs in the country and on the shelves at local Walgreens stores." for seniors and the disabled. The bowl is designed for the disabled and seniors with unsteady hands who have difficulty spooning food from regular bowls. microwaveable and dishwasher-safe product looks like an ordinary bowl. Source: [Chicago Sun-Times] Aerogrow Here's a little something for burgeoning urban gardeners and those without green thumbs alike. The bowl is angled in the bottom. available through their website and selected retailers like Sur La Table. Skeptical? They even guarantee a harvest after 28 days. whose parents want to avoid spills. Sudoku has jumped the shark.It’s official. Why read the newspaper during your washroom visit. Seven years later. The suspended plants derive their nutrients from the air.95 and the seed kits are $19. who adds that his grandchildren love them. To the naked eye. was doodling on a napkin while rehabbing from a heart attack when he came up with the concept for a tilted soup bowl. Linda. With it comes your ability to grow vegetables. Source: [Treehugger] . with a patent and mold in his possession and a manufacturer under contract. Glori Beee's is on track to generate $250..
The molecular structure allows the chair to create multiple positions that you can’t even think off! Source: [BornRich] . your lounge or your trade-fair booth the finishing touch. The feel seating system is made of 120 soft balls covered with elastic fabric. here. Its large. Faile. Source: [Topdeq] Emotional Seats Want more furniture like the mood light furniture that changes colors as per your mood. Just like our popular Mambo stool. Namely. Step behind a romantic cityscape of Paris.80 - . Rome. Source: [DailyCandy] Maxi Mambo Maxi seat pleasure. this seat is made of resiliant transparent polypropylene. round seat is attached to a silver-painted steel base. hang a limited-edition piece from the likes of Patrick McMullan. the vinyl curtains were created to bring a little something extra to your time in la toilette. Mind out of the gutter. So much so that it takes you to a place far. if your tastes run a little more abstract. really. or Christopher Makos — whom Andy Warhol once crowned the most modern photographer in America. Inspired by a passion for photography and art. red or clear. maxi design fun: The Maxi Mambo gives your reception area. or Venice. We’re talking about a shower. please. a shower behind an Izola shower curtain.Shower Curtains You like it hot. Spine-tingling. Focus. The shape of the stunning seating system is inspired by a molecular structure. far away. Or. then I bet you will be completely mesmerized with the Animi Causa’s “Feel Seating System” which can change its form according to the emotional state of the body! The Feel gathers all positions in one object. Choose blue. Hot and steamy.
com." Schauffler says.81 - . All parts are high moisture resistant. plans to expand her $10 million annual business by introducing a line of custom window coverings she calls corsets: valances that hug the top of window frames and transform into full-length draperies by zipping on skirts of different hues and textures. she hired an apparel company to shape the window treatments — making the corset moniker more than just a marketing ploy. while bevelled mirrors are a stylish option. predicting this corset will liberate women who tell her they have few good choices beyond lower-end. creator of the high-end Devine Color brand of interior house paints. Source: [infolink.au] . Her approach to the product illustrates why Schauffler has transformed in a few years from stayat-home suburban mom to a businesswoman whose products have national reach. The sides of the cabinet are available in gloss. Source: [USATODAY. To get a precise fit. "We decided to tailor the window with color. The advantage of this is that the mirror reflection is retained while the user accesses anything from within the cabinet. unlined window panels and fussy fabric-store treatments that don't convey the modern look they crave. fixed mirror. using the unique design of a side opening in which the shelves slide from behind the attached.Devine Color Schauffler. while the two fully adjustable wire basked shelves ensure maximum efficiency of space is achieved.com] New Bathroom Cabinet The latest product to be rolled out in the Rifco product line is the Metro line of cabinets.
this might just be your lucky day. and that he did. but that doesn't mean that we remain bumbling for the rest of our lives. Source: [Josh Spears] Ready Daddy As a young father. I hate the stereotype you often see on television and commercials of the bumbling dad. located on Halsted in Lincoln Park. I always enjoy when I come across products that are made for fathers. In the front of this swank establishment is numerous barber chairs each featuring their very own plasma television. but the shopping at Guise is not too shabby either. Guise. Source: [Babygadget] SkyVentureArizona . and at $45 is also affordable. as well as a video that gives good step-by-step instructions on things such as bottles. The Daddy's Tool Bag does all these things. car seats. and other baby skills. The bag has a nice. shop and enjoy a cocktail? Well for you Chicagoans. Does it take us a touch longer to pick up some skills when it comes to child-rearing? Sure. manly look. is the creation of Brad Habansky who was looking to create a one-stop shop where men felt comfortable. The main draw for me is the comfort of being able to get a good haircut (*cough* and manicure) and not have to worry about looking to prissy in front of your female counterparts. The real value comes from the included vinyl changing mat. a shave.One Stop Cut Would you believe me if I were to tell you there was a place where one could get a haircut. and also keep us better organized without making us feel like idiots. diapering. and includes all the pockets and flaps you'd expect from a good diaper bag.82 - .
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and at times all city dwellers have to take their leave. as if by a trick of their trademark low light. though. In Rio there's the beach. Kinko's and youth hostel. newsstand. some to salarymen — but the atmosphere is the same throughout the franchise: equal parts lending library. In Tokyo. Source: [LuxuryLaunches.000 people a day.com] Media Immersion All cities takes a toll. video games and every other entertainment of the electronic age.84 - . these establishments contain row after row of anonymous cubicles. inset jewels and fake furs. Using leopard skins. brightly lacquered colors. people take a break by checking themselves into media immersion pods: warrens cluttered with computers. Each has a slightly different orientation — some are geared to teenagers. Source: [The New York Times] Butterfly from American Express . sophisticated ladies and exigent soldiers. arcade. At first glance the spread looks officelike. people can head to the baths. but be warned: these places are drug dens for Internet addicts. An inspired extension of the basic Internet cafe. Antonio creates a range of specialized items for wives of mafia bosses. Today there are 10.Weapons are born from the most outstanding contemporary Italian features: the obsession for personal security and the passion for elegance and fashion. When life in Istanbul gets too stressful. Contemporary military weaponry is restyled by the artist as high fashion accessories for sophisticated ladies. Situated well above retail level. the antidote to urban overload is more of the same. arms dealers. the Gran Cyber Cafés shift their meaning the more you study them. TV's. The first Gran Cyber Café opened in 1999. In the world's most media-saturated city. serving some 5. on the odd floor number where in Manhattan you might find tarot readers or nail salons. The Bagus Gran Cyber Cafés are Tokyo's grand temples of infomania.
Source: [American Express] Luxury Bed + TV What could be better than watching TV in bed? How about watching TV in bed on a TV that’s built into the bed? Using a wireless remote. Source: [PORTALINO] Pampered Doggies Would you make any much-loved family member sleep on the floor on a lumpy pillow? That’s the logic driving a new generation of high-end dog beds that feature not only frames. The only downside. as it usually is with cool products. It is a stylish new companion exclusively for American Express® Gold Card members. We don’t think many people would buy a bed that’s worth more than their cars.85 - . you can activate the TV that rises out of the foot of the bed like a display-screen in some James Bond villain’s hideout. The Butterfly card works interchangeably with your traditional American Express® Gold Card. is the price. $25. but .AMEX has introduced the the new Butterfly card. but it should be large enough since it’s so close to you. it’s linked to your regular Card account with all the same benefits and services. The TV is only 22”. but luxe mattresses and decorator themes befitting not a doghouse.900 for this bed. an electronic leveling system. Even though it has a different Card number. Also built into the bed.
From the Asian-themed Saigon Day Bed Frame ($300) and Pampered Puppy’s “Furari” dog bed ($250) to SSS Petcare’s wrought-iron frame ($127-$163) and pillow-topped mattress ($250-$420)." He says it is a tasty alternative to pills and chalky powders. there’s nothing about these canine crash pads that says “dog’s life. according to Don Magier. Each of the 30 rooms has been created by a different designer or artist in everything from stylish deco style right through to crazy kitsch. and can also help maintain consistent energy levels and production of collagen.the room of a pampered child. K9 Water Co. and conveniently packaged in colorful. recyclable bottles.. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Drinks for Dogs Vitamin fortified. It’s fun and definitely not for the minimal-lovin faint hearted.86 - ." says Magier. Magier calls it "a delicious treat that can help maintain healthy skin and coat. The clever concept sees different artists and designers commissioned to fit out each room. It is available at http://www. The founders of K9 Water Co. beef. Gutter Water and Toilet Water. entire floors. or check with your local pet store. Hose Water.provide sufficient hydration and essential nutrients with The Original K9 Vita Water. which can make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a fantastical abstract painting. Paris & Madrid.k9waterco. Inc.com. Inc. C and manganese. "Each variety is specifically formulated to provide your dog with essential vitamins that contribute to overall good health while providing the hydration that dogs need. or in the case of the Madrid hotel. believe that one of the best things you can do for your dog's health is also one of the easiest -. how could Fido’s sweet dreams be far behind? Source: Iconoculture Art Hotels The trend in hotels with themed rooms seems to be spreading like a rash. The latest hotel to join in the trend is the Reflections hotel in Bangkok.” Then again. The Original K9 Vita Water(tm) is fortified with vitamins such as A." says Magier. Our formula is the result of tests conducted by an independent veterinary nutritionist to ensure daily consumption levels are safe and accurate. Berlin. "Dogs are raving that it's REBARKABLY REFRESHING!" Magier says. We use only purified water. 1/2 liter. CEO. "As animal lovers and pooch parents ourselves. The Original K9 Vita Water can be enjoyed in four of the flavors dogs enjoy most: chicken. liver and lamb. . we're committed to producing the highest quality product we possibly can for dogs to enjoy. B. flavored bottled water specifically formulated for dogs has been introduced under the titles of Puddle Water. with hotels in Denmark. UK. with a good night’s sleep on the radar for human health. human grade vitamins and no artificial colors. The idea is to give guests a completely different experience to the guest next door.
and mobility. A RotatingHome can be built in any size or shape with all or part of the home turning and it can have any number of stories with one or all rotating. For more innovative and high tech pet products. trendy and troubled teenagers. agility. a rotating deck can surround the entire circumference or just part of your home. explore petgadgets. stretching. The structure can turn a 100 times in one direction or a 1. and the trusted family pets Woofer and Tweeter. Source: Petgadgets. muscular endurance. Windjector provides training for the cardiovascular.com Wind Workout Windjector from Dosho Design uses air resistance to provide a cardio workout. we recommend a variable speed from one revolution in 30 minutes to one revolution in 24 hours. You can choose the speed it rotates.000 in the other or stop in any position while always being connected to all utilities. Source: [Yenra] Homes That Rotate Perfect for entertaining and personal enjoyment a RotatingHome may be just right for you. and the harder you work out.87 - .com. No longer will you need to decide which rooms will have a great view and which rooms will have minimal view or no view at all . UltraSonik and HyperSonik. respiratory.Source: [K9 Water Co] Silent Squeak The Soniks have arrived to revolutionize the squeaky dog toy forever with their exclusive "Silent Squeak" technology only dogs can hear. Windjector use of air resistance allows each individual to work out at his own pace. The whole family of toys contains an ultrasonic squeaker that emits sound in a range above the hearing of humans but just right for playful dogs! Introduce your dog to the silent but spunky Sonik toy family: Proud parents SubSonik and SuperSonik. This workout helps improve flexibility. This is all made possible by the truly unique and patented SWIVEL at the heart of the home. just like any other home. the more resistance you encounter. The faster you move. . The twentynine core muscles are crucial for improving athletic performance as well as for performing everyday activities. and strengthening of the core muscles. and muscular strength systems.the RotatingHome allows you to see your entire view from all the major rooms in your home! If you prefer to enjoy your view in the open air.
curse. re-return(!). but several years of research by Stanford University mechanical engineering lecturer Alan Adler (the inventor of the Aerobie flying disk which holds the world throwing record of more than a quarter mile) appear to have found a better coffee machine. stop. sprinkled with cuss-muttering frustration: hit. purest and fastest cup of coffee (under 30 seconds) you’re likely to find and the bonus is that the AeroPress costs just US$30. On an indoor court at Sport Fit Bowie in Bowie. Independent reviews suggest the new Aerobie AeroPress delivers the smoothest. seeks to change that. competitively matched partners playing singles. instructor Kevin McClure starts me and four other participants with warm-up footwork moves followed by a repeating drill in which we hustle from one spot to another. etc. No unforced errors! Source: [WashingtonPost. the uniqueness and technology are unprecedented! Source: [RotatingHome. For others. a national program being offered at a variety of venues in the Washington area. stop. whack ball into net.A rotating home is perfect for an upscale beach house or large mountain cabin or even in areas prone to storm surges! Steep mountain terrain is not a problem as the RotatingHome can be built up on a central steel column. the game is more stop than go.88 - . a watch and my well-honed ability to count heart beats via my carotid artery. I showed up to give it a try. Entertaining. culminating in a phantom overhead slam down a nonexistent opponent's throat. The workout runs participants around the court urgently enough to keep their heart rates in the cardio-training zone (65 to 85 percent of maximum heart rate) while helping improve tennis skills. squaring up to imaginary balls and swinging imaginary racquets. richest. With only one fully Rotating Home that meets 21st century building codes currently in existence. Hit. Source: [Gizmag] Cardio Tennis Tennis can be a great workout if you have skilled. Cardio Tennis. return. It's billed as similar to an interval workout. yes. even social.com] The AeroPress Coffee Machine You’d think we would have already perfected the best way to produce a cup of coffee from coffee beans. Armed with a racquet. run. hail taxi to retrieve errant shot.com] Vacation Homes . But not a heart-rate booster.
or five-star amenities ranging from full-service spas and fitness centers to concierge services. renting it out in the off-season. Now comes along condo hotels. near popular theme parks or attractions. national affiliations. So how do condo hotels differ from owning a traditional vacation apartment or condominium? First of all. Hilton. centralized reservation system and management expertise. Here’s what makes the condo hotel concept so appealing. They say it gives them the best of both worlds. Trump and Rosewood. The rental revenue that owners receive helps defray these expenses and. with the balance going to the hotel operator. by capitalizing on the hotel's brand name. When you’re not using your condo hotel unit.89 - . or even justifying the expense when it’s only to be used for a couple weeks of the year keep people from making the dream a reality. a new type of vacation home ownership that provides solutions to all these problems. insurance and capital improvements. in some cases. you have the option of placing it into the hotel's rental program. They are beautifully furnished condominium suites in some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts around the country. Source: [Condo Hotel Center] . these are not your typical second homes. the hotel pays for most operating expenses such as housekeeping.000 to over $1 million for top properties. The properties often feature four. While the hotel operator doesn't guarantee the rental of the unit. Typically they are high-rise luxury hotels located on prime land overlooking the ocean or a golf course. While developers primarily sell their condo hotel units as a lifestyle and vacation home alternative. But often concerns about maintaining it.Many people dream of owning a vacation home. ownership is 100 percent hassle-free. Starwood. More importantly. unit owners typically receive a higher level of rental income than they would from a traditional vacation home. Ritz-Carlton. Prices for condo hotel units range from $250. The condo hotel owner typically pays for real estate taxes. They can enjoy all of the amenities of vacationing in a firstclass resort while having ownership of a real estate investment that has potential to appreciate. big league advertising. provides additional income. Sonesta. Condo hotels enable you to own a luxury vacation home at a world-class resort and receive rent revenue whenever you're not using it. How are the ownership expenses split? As part of the rental agreement. Condo hotels are operated by big-brand management companies such as Hyatt. administrative and marketing. many buyers see merit in the condo hotel concept as an investment tool. as the hotel operator takes care of renting and maintaining the unit as well as managing the property’s many amenities. You receive 40%-60% of the revenue your unit generates (it varies by property). business centers and fine-dining restaurants. or in the heart of a booming downtown.
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says Tim Thompson. The trend makes some artists squeamish even as others start marketing firms or open galleries. What looks like artful vandalism. Time magazine and even stodgy International Business Machines Corp. director of marketing for the non-profit cemetery and funeral complex. In major cities such as San Francisco. high protein." Thompson. we feel Atkins Advantage provides exactly what they are looking for: better taste and better nutrition versus the competition. One licks his like a lollipop. comic-book rendering. Wide-eyed kids. vitamins. DZP has designed a new national print campaign designed to articulate the Atkins Advantage: a unique nutrition advantage versus the competition: high fiber. Another is playing paddleball with the thing. pose with a mysterious. Sony has paid building owners to use wall space for the campaign. and the images have become a familiar sight. "We took the approach of trying to demystify the business. enabling us to invest in the new DZP campaign which educates consumers about the nutrition advantage of our great-tasting Atkins Advantage bars and shakes. and no trans fats." said Neumann. It's the latest effort by a big corporation to capitalize on the hot world of street art to reach an urban market that has learned to tune out traditional advertising. Miami and New York. are among the growing list of companies that have dabbled in street art to get their marketing messages out. is really part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Sony's PlayStation Portable.. though. Nike Inc. music and movies. "Our new management has streamlined operations and built a foundation for strong financial performance. portrayed in a stylized. graffiti-style. came to Mount Royal to set up its sales and marketing division. In Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood. a device that can play games. who worked in sales in the Montreal radio business for 17 years and had a brief stint in 1996 as vice-president. minerals. integrated campaign that clearly positions Atkins Advantage nutrition bars and shakes. low sugar. sales and marketing of the Montreal Alouettes. "DZP's insights and creative solutions have resulted in a comprehensive. hand-size gadget. Source: [Marketing Magazine] Compelling Ad ANI has appointed DZP Marketing Communications to lead the strategic development and repositioning of Atkins Advantage." Source: [Yenra] Graffiti Ads The images are painted directly onto building walls in urban areas.91 - . cell phone maker Nokia Corp. used sidewalk . "Today's consumers are better educated about nutrition than ever before." said Neumann.
chalk drawings to promote its N-Gage. If you’re still bummed that the local radio station failed to play your request for the Top 5 at 9 back in 5th grade (not that we’re bitter or anything). The motto: All that's fit to drink. The main goal is to build a community of top columnists.5 million paid accesses over a six. cellphone users are gravitating to authors like Mika Naito. publishers in Japan want mobile subscribers to read more than simple text messages.com] Eupinion The Eupinion (EUrope oPINION) is the innovated and unique newspaper (digital media concept software).month period in which it was serially distributed.I. Now. cost-effective advertising that is based on new D2D or D2C concepts. . Marketer Media generates revenue by providing advertisers with the opportunity to deliver measurable. Source: [Marketer Media] Your Own Radio Station Commuters and road trippers already know that satellite radio makes gridlock more tolerable. Another of her novels. Advertisers use our advertising program to promote their products and services with direct targeted advertising. A different listener will take the reins every week. this is way better. when it launched the product in 2003. Imbibe magazine covers everything from cocktails to wine to beer to juice to coffee to tea. received 14 million accesses over six months.Y. Radio invites listeners to create and host their own customized national radio show — uncensored and commercial-free. As a business." posted free on a mobile Web site. a cell phone aimed at gamers. Naito's 2004 novel "Love Link" recorded 1. "Love*.EU. We are based in Slovenia -. D. fashion and trends. and Sirius is still continuing to spread their innovation wings. According to Shinchosha. Publishers like Shinchosha and Kodansha and their distribution partner have been bolstering readership for novels and comics on cellphones.92 - . writing on any global issue (politics. cellphones have become a tool for writing and reading e-mail messages. Source: [IHT] Liquid Mag Step into liquid. based on real citizen journalism concept. Their latest development. business. sports etc). Source: [BizReport. who writes romantic novels popular with women in their 20s and 30s. but our services are available to news publishers and writers worldwide. Source: [TrendCentral] Novels for Cellphones In Japan.
and French. Source: [UberPhones] The Invisible Code On September 13. your brain probably remembered Samsung's prototype cellphone watch instead which was never released commercially.The premiere issue of the bimonthly publication features hot chocolate and mezcal in Oaxaca. FP code consists of a series of faint yellow lines — said to be invisible to the naked eye — which are overlaid on the photograph during the printing process. b) Who let the dogs out? c) You oughtta know. Trappist ales and organic wines. A. (Sorry. Italian. with features that range from USB and Bluetooth connectivity to a 99 phone number book. By July. Greek. Earworms Musical Brain Trainers layer basic foreign words and phrases over pleasant instrumental tracks. Japanese. and Russian are coming soon. Spanish. Download 75-minute lessons in German. you’ll find that you’ve picked up some useful lingo. the code is sent to a server where it is converted into URL data. volume two of all of the languages will be released. After listening to the songs a few times. The m300 will be available worldwide in time for Christmas. Battery life is not too shabby with a 70 hour standby time. Then. so you can pre-order yours today. Source: [Iconoculture] Foreign Tunes DailyCandy: Q. Source: [DailyCandy] Cellphone Watch Just in case the m300 looks familiar. Arabic. Once encoded.93 - . Fujitsu unveiled a new type of “invisible” barcode. called FP (Fine Picture) code. A handy guide to every imbibing opportunity will whet whistles through inspiration and empowerment. There’s a really good chance they are now going to be stuck in your head all day. when the camera is used to take a picture of an encoded photograph. a photograph can retain its original quality while serving as an “object hyperlink” to websites that users can access via mobile phone. The m300 GSM cellphone watch is the first one out in the market. which is used to . which allows data to be embedded directly into color print photographs.) But you can use Earworms to get them out — and learn quelque chose while you’re at it. What do the following lyrics have in common? a) I would walk 500 miles. Like a catchy tune that you just can’t shake. great hotel bars around the country. To use FP code. users must first download special free software to their camera-equipped phone.) Portuguese. (Chinese is offered only on CD.
Motorola has teamed up with tattoo artist extraordinaire. the line of products that made Motorola's mark on the map so explosive. it's tough not to mention the RAZR name.connect the user’s mobile phone to the corresponding website. even pink.com. Cingular is using innovative new technology that lets its customers dial a number that connects them to a live feed of the Stones rocking the Stade de France. you can dial pound 106 and tap right into the concert. Ami James." says Anthony Macaluso. Source: [Pink Tentacle] Mobile Concert Are you going to miss the Rolling Stones playing Paris on July 28? Well. in part. which developed the listen-live technology Cingular is using. Callers then confirm that they want the service. founder of Single Touch Interactive. A buck ninety-nine gets you seven minutes of Jagger & Co. on the quality of your phone's speakers. But the call isn't to some Stones groupie holding up a phone from the bleachers. With its popularity. Source: [BusinessWeek] Tattooed Handphones When you talk about mid. But now. This connection goes straight to the band's mixing board. then hitting the send button as if they were making a call. If you miss the call. That's it. You can also register on the Web at www. the RAZR has become available in all sorts of different colors. if you're a Cingular Wireless subscriber. So. in Paris. video and audio content can then be delivered directly to the user’s phone. you don't have to. Text. to create new versions of the RAZR that will have laser-etched images from James embedded onto the outside casing of the phone.listenlivenow.94 - . The clarity depends. Here's how it works: Interested users register for the concert ahead of time by pressing pound (#) and 106. they get an automated call on their mobile phone letting them know the concert is starting. When the concert is about to begin. Motorola wants you to be able to customize you super sleek phone even more. "the sound quality is superior.and high-end mobile phones these days. Source: [I4U News] .
monitored and controled from computers and cell phones. Microsoft. To be conducted in Atlanta homes between today and early September. The technology lets consumers manage the laundry process from remote locations such as a grocery store or soccer game. freeing them up to go about their day rather than forcing them to stay home to manage the process. Hewlett Packard.com] Nu Mobile .95 - .Compound Security Systems Ltd. Now. high-pitched sound -. Panasonic and Procter & Gamble. we really didn't think anybody would be interested in ring tones" in the same frequency. "When we brought out the teenager repellent to market. And the company that brought the Mosquito to market -. Laundry Time is built around a connected laundry solution that links a washer and dryer to a home network and sends text messages about the laundry's progress to a computer. or another ring tone in that same high-frequency range. TV and/or cell phone. Its annoying.would act as a teen repellent. said Simon Morris.Laundry Time Whirlpool today began testing "smart" washing machines and dryers.is being barraged by a new market of companies wanting to sell a line of subversive ring tones. allows them to hear their cellphones ring when their parents and teachers (mostly) cannot. teens are staging a worldwide rebellion: Downloading the sound. Source: [WashingtonPost. Source: [Mobiledia] Repellent Ringtone When it came out in Britain in December." is part of an open collaboration involving Whirlpool Corporation. who has been fielding hundreds of calls from companies and journalists around the world since the annoying ring tone became popular. of Britain -. the Mosquito sound system was supposed to be the sonic equivalent of a "no loitering" sign. The pilot project. called "Laundry Time.which many adults can't hear but most young people can -. marketing and commercial director for Compound Security.
wallpapers. who have developed a universal decoding engine which runs on an open platform. CUSTOMER MADE world. all you need to do is to create a KoolTag on this site.com] Mobile Commerce from PayPal The move by PayPal. Source: [BizReport. by giving consumers a pay option via telephone. from the QR Code and the humble 2D DataMatrix to Tagit’s own proprietary Tagit. Although it’s in the beta testing stage right now. and of course. or if you want to share a private video clip with your friends. promote themselves and hopefully. print it out.com] . But that's not all: the DIY side of the business is Tagit’s KoolTag: “You can create a KoolTag for any message you want to communicate to your friends. myNuMo could eventually become a valuable source for young music and art creatives to gain exposure. by sending product codes via text message.Code can be decoded. PayPal Mobile lets consumers instantly buy goods and services.myNuMo is a new teen-oriented.'s MTV. but in an open source.'s 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Viacom Inc. "The promise of mobile commerce has never been stronger. email it or just stick it on a t-shirt to attract attention. The site offers users the tools to create and publish ringtones. PayPal signed up News Corp. If you want your girlfriend to see a special secret image. Source: [TrendCentral] Tag it and Share! Codes for consumers.. Members can then profit from their creations by uploading them to their own custom webpage within the site where they can then sell them by using a text-message ‘shortcode’. videos. online community with a similar model for user-created mobile phone content. DVDs and apparel. NBC Universal's Bravo." PayPal's chief Executive Jeff Jordan said as he introduced the service in a keynote speech at the CTIA wireless show.96 - . make a little cash on the side too. marks a big step in further bridging the worlds of electronic commerce and brick-and-mortar stores. a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc. meaning that all types of digitized codes. Jordan cited the popularity of online payments and the prevalence of mobile phones as reasons why consumers are more open to making payments using their cellphone than eight years ago when PayPal first tried offering a mobile payment service. KoolTag is free!” Source: [Trendwatching. what about codes by consumers? Check out Singapore based Tagit. is one thing. such as compact discs. not producers. and the NBA Store for its Text to Buy service. All that's needed is a cameraphone to capture the KoolTag which lets you see the private content.
is one of the first of its kind that can be installed into most cell phones. Speaking in low. Sixty percent of those who sent text messages have sent one to tell someone they love them or miss them. wood-paneled Prague 8 headquarters of CircleTech. both men sound excited in their own restrained ways.No Spying Espionage agents. and they hope to release it next summer. too. while also picking up money-management skills. Source: [The Prague Post Online] Cellphone Responsibility Through its Off the Hook program. a company that creates mobile phone software. Teens have purchasing power. 31." Outside it's a cold Karlín evening. In fact. even texting to share amorous thoughts is on the upswing. Cell-Phones-n-Plans offers teens hankering for cellphones a way to show parents they’re serious about cellular responsibilities. . have devised a new program that codes text. Their program. but Captain Mom still exerts some control. or SMS." says Šatánek. it's warm and cozy. phone etiquette. Parents aren’t pushovers. and his friend Jiří Šatánek. paranoid conspiracy theorists and others prizing their privacy have cause to thank Marian Kechlibar. Šatánek is there. But inside the three-room. "Everyone has a right to their privacy. The two are working on a version that codes regular cell phone conversations as well. reclines in a mustard-colored plush armchair. Kechlibar. Include parents in the picture when targeting teens to reach both decision makers. Kechlibar. and required discussion of bills with parents. And quiet. secret service.97 - . messages so that no third party — police. The free program includes prewritten e-mails teens can send to parents explaining that they understand cell responsibilities and a teen/parent contract stipulating things like allowed monthly minutes. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS and Date Predictive text software developer Tegic and love author John Gray offer the top-ten tips to help ensure a successful union of texting and dating in 2006. polite tones. Teens who honestly show willingness to shoulder responsibility for actions and bills stand a better chance of winning parents’ cellular rewards. according to the first annual T9 Texting Outlook Survey. 27. "We felt that there is too much phone tapping going on in this country. appropriately named SMS 007. It's no secret that text messaging is on the rise. his long hair tied in a low ponytail. even mobile phone operators — can read them.
Net effect: Projected sales of between 7 billion and 8 billion yen for the year through September from its mail-order operations. The Tokyo-based fashion retailer operates a cellphone shopping site. Downloads of screen images and ringtones continue to dominate cellphone showcases. For example. And Valentine can be reached in only nine steps. e-mail. keying love requires just four keystrokes (5-6-8-3) instead of eleven when tapping out letters individually. There’s even a special blend for Hello Kitty. or text message. This kind of word-of-mouth advertising is not only ringing up profits for Xavel. 50 percent more than in the previous year. The smelly celly accessories are triggered by the signal of an incoming call. It means the referred customer can be making the same purchase within minutes. Curry. customers are in the habit of e-mailing their friends to pass on a recommendation. Source: [Yenra] Scented Phones Your phone is reeking. Keitai KunKun isn’t the only tech company following its nose: Singapore’s Nice Smell Kaori-chan Perfume Straps for cellphones emit sweet (and savory) scents like Jasmine. When they're done shopping. But fashion and other conventional retail ware are starting to get cyber shelf space. Text messages are an informal and fun way of communicating. T9 predictive text software anticipates the word that a user is entering as they press a key just once for each letter. Gray." said Dr. Young women are leading the charge into mobile shopping. Japan’s Keitai KunKun smelltones release subtle (yet unmistakable) aromas like Berry and Wild Nature. It is sprinkled with whimsical pictures and symbols. Source: [ChannelNewsAsia.com] . it is helping to create a new industry."Sending a text is a great way to get to know someone better and to let them know you are thinking of them. Xavel's site shows it knows who its customers are.98 - . Annual sales from mobile shopping are nearing 1 trillion yen in Japan. and English Tea with every ring. Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Boutiques Xavel Inc. not a conventional outlet. has a client base marketing gurus dream about.
Inc. streaming quotes.com. As pre-cursor to the product launch. but completely block them during the movie. that theater owner could still allow emergency radio communications to get through. nanotechnology and a soon-to-be-acquired knowledge of the human brain. Kurzweil. Spooz. sensory and cognitive abilities. he predicts: improving memory. a theater owner could allow cellphone signals before the show or during an intermission. Just around the corner -. www. Nanobots also will be able to make us smarter too. thanks to breakthrough advances in artificial intelligence. At the same time. it’s not a crime to passively prevent signals from passing through. charts. SpoozToolz(TM) and its modules. NaturalNano’s idea is to completely block cellphone signals with this paint. SpoozToolz(TM). mobile electronics embedded in clothing and in the . announced today it will launch its flagship product.. earlier in the afternoon.99 - .SpoozToolz Spooz.people will have fast Internet connections at all times in all places thanks to advances in small. Using this system.spooztoolz.in 2009 -. 7 at the Technology Association of Georgia's annual summit in Smyrna. Source: [dBusinessNews] Cellphones-free Paint NaturalNano has used nanotechnology to develop a type of paint that stops cellphone signals. a publicly traded company based in Chicago. people and computers will be "intimately connected" in profound ways. which is exactly what NaturalNano’s paint does. That's according to futurist Ray Kurzweil. and then provide a radio filtering device that will allow wireless signals to pass through only when they’re appropriate. who spoke Feb. add built-in trading capabilities to the popular Microsoft(R) Excel software application. author of "The Age of Spiritual Machines" and inventor of the speech-to-text synthesizer. and electronic trade execution into a simple addin that becomes part of the Excel tool bar. provides a suite of solutions designed to simplify financial trading for traders and hedgers alike. technical analysis. the Company's flagship products. a comprehensive historical database. Source: [Gizmodo] Big Nano Future In 2029. predicts scientists by 2029 will have created "nanobots" capable of repairing the human body from within and immersing the five senses in full virtual reality environments. at 4:00 PM CST. Inc. While jamming of cellphone signals has been ruled illegal by the FCC. Spooz will publish its e-commerce website. and then mixing and suspending these tiny particles into a can of paint. combining a customizable interface. It’s done by blending particles of copper that are inserted into nanotubes.
virtual reality experience and "displays will be written directly on our retinas" from eyeglasses and contact lenses. the startup generates revenue by taking a small percentage of each transaction and selling advertising on its website. a rewards program where the points translate into charitable donations.0] . which members can contribute to any of 12 charities. Thus. and more than 800 other sites that award ecomiles for purchases. and Congo." says Marcus Courage. Hotwire. Source: [TrendCentral] Ecomiles Airline miles are nice. Members simply log on to Ecomiles's e-commerce portal. The miles are redeemed for dollars. the company only works with small scale mining communities like Oro Verde where human rights and fair labor standards are carefully monitored. The company now has nearly 10. including the World Wildlife Fund and economic development groups such as SOS Children's Villages. Ecomiles even sends users regular updates to let them track the progress of their pet projects. Sierra Leone. Many brides-to-be don’t want to shatter their fantasy diamond with the reality that the diamond industry is often linked to funding civil war and child soldiers in African countries such as Angola." he said. young couples are opting for ethical “conflict free” rings. who can distribute their contributions among the different charities however they choose. a corporate citizenship consultancy. as visiting a Web site will become a mobile. brides are the latest consumer group to go socially conscious. UK jewelry company Cred is committed to providing a fair trade alternative for conscious couples.100 - . Becoming the ultimate marriage status symbol. Source: [Business 2. "Computers will disappear. Ecomiles's chief marketing officer and the managing director of Africapractice. but wouldn't you feel better about splurging on a new flat-panel TV if you were helping to save endangered species? That's the idea behind Ecomiles. eBay (Charts). Ecomiles works with the United Nations Development Program to pinpoint charitable groups and projects in need of funding. Helping people make a difference For-profit Ecomiles was founded in 2004 by a South African entrepreneur named Gustav Erlank and the VC firm Madagascar Development Partners. Source: [Atlanta Business Chronicle] Ethical Rings A growing trend in the UK. There is even a rumor that fashion designer Katherine Hamnett is launching an ethical engagement ring. which links up with Barnes & Noble (Charts).environment.000 members. "We essentially wanted to establish a global development currency. Though not yet profitable.
The profiles that attract the most fans score an audition for the show. Users of this temporary site create a profile with photo and video and can then opt to become a fan of other users. similar to Flickr.0. bloggers and podcasters now have the chance to engage in direct discourse with their devoted readers and/or listeners—this time. And it's generating serious buzz—just two weeks after its launch. Source: [TrendCentral] . the site garnered 800. where. foregoing the more traditional broadcasting routes that required radio stations and producers. Videos are sent directly to the Veeker site.000 daily page views. Source: [TrendCentral] Temp Social Networks From giants MySpace and Facebook to niche sites Sneakerplay and SportsMates." a site called BlogTalkRadio enables registered users to schedule show times and receive callers through an assigned phone number. Often described as “podcasting 2. Source: [TrendCentral] Blog Radio Show Taking heated comment section feuds (when readers pick fights with bloggers and other readers in a blog’s comment section) even further. The “Veeks” or “video peeks” can also be viewed in other blogging and social networking sites that accept embed codes. via live listener call-in segments.101 - . Adding a new twist to the basic social networking platform are the following temporary sites. it seems almost every group has a place to connect online. which utilize user profiles as a basis for stardom and give members the power to decide who they want to see on the big screen. Islandoo: The concept behind this site is to find candidates for the UK reality TV show Shipwrecked (similar to Survivor).Veeker Video Peeks You may soon hear people saying "VM me" rather than "IM me". the creator can opt to keep it private or to share with the Veeker community. Veeker is a free video messaging service that enables a camera phone owner to shoot video and instantly share it with friends.
You can also rate and post comments to other people’s scrapblogs and easily embed them onto your own blog.). A user signs up and gets a sticker in the mail. you can participate in the scrapblog competition and win a digital camera. He never saw her again.S. He says eight or nine out of 10 people gave him positive feedback on the idea. you can print it. The light turned green.102 - . and share it via email and/or RSS feed. video and audio onto a background (which is also editable). "I thought. he figured there was no better time to launch his business.com. N. And last but not least. She drove away. text. The intuitive drag and drop functionality allows you to add pictures. and I never saw her again. and waits for the emails to roll in from interested potential dates encountered in traffic.C." Instead of chalking up the experience to a missed opportunity and moving on. And after debt from a divorce forced him to file for bankruptcy last September. girl drives away and he never even gets her number story. burn in onto a DVD. Not convinced yet? Just take a look at the scrapblog tour on the site. LBI (Long Beach Island). The premise is simple. or export it as a photoset to Flickr. 'What if I put a number on a sticker and put it on cars?'" Philips bounced the idea off a few friends and a few strangers in bars. tourist secret code: OBX (Outer Banks. and once it’s finished.Drivers' Romance Philips switched from a 9-to-5 job to one as an independent consultant building intranet infrastructure for pharmaceutical companies. "It was a great little talk. Philips decided to do something about it. "It took me about a week to put the two together. He developed FlirtingInTraffic. boy likes girl. And one warm summer day in 2004 he pulled his Mercedes up to a light in the western suburbs and began chatting with a cute girl in a Jaguar next to him. He merged two of the biggest automotive fads of recent years: flirting (always a fan favorite) and those oval stickers from European license plates. You can choose to make your scrapblog public or private. Source: [Philadelphia Weekly Online] Scrapblogging Scrapblog is a Flash application that allows you to create digital scrapbooks. Source: [Popgadget] . "And the light turned green. It's the usual boy meets girl. even Wildwood). WW (yes." Philips says. adapted as U. The person puts the sticker on their car's bumper. I didn't want to follow her and do any kind of stalker thing." he says.
They're able to exchange virtual notes. as do many of his classmates.'" says Weber. Source: [Entrepreneur. 42. in their own area." . review tennis gear. Instead. That same year. The Tuckahoe High School student is trying to persuade as many as his friends as possible to sign up at MyYearbook.Real Estates Steve Weber always wanted to be part of something big. connecting the tennis community online. and besides. "I told myself.103 - . they're like $70. Becoming a member is free. pass him by. Another smart feature is a Google Maps mash-up. It also lets players record scores and matches. a suburb just north of New York City. school teams or doubles. 'I'm going to get on the front end of one of these market waves. Z57 has four offices. which remained privately funded and owned. I knew that was it. 225 employees and 2006 projected sales of $18 million. too. the company had its first $50. using different coloured markers for hard. Groups can be formed for club teams. sales have increased every quarter since. Even during the dotcom crash. Source: [Springwise] Yearbook Dot Com John Shin refuses to buy a copy of his high school yearbook. vote for the most likely to succeed and take part in other yearbook traditions. but he repeatedly saw opportunities. The website lets tennis players find other players of their own skill level. who attends school in Eastchester. like the fax and PC markets.000 month." said John. Z57. Today.and save some money. "I'm confident in that. "I'm going to bring everyone who matters to me to MyYearbook.com -. The 15-year-old has posted a collection of school-related photos and videos. The company offers website design.e.com] Tennis. Very useful for travelling players who'd like to find somewhere to play. managed to thrived. I didn't want to miss out on the biggest opportunity in the history of business. Z57 narrowed its marketing services to the real estate industry. Anybody? Mesh Tennis is a new social networking site just for tennis players. he's turning to the internet to preserve and share memories of his sophomore year. e-mail marketing and personal coaching to real estate agents nationwide." A year after launching. "When the internet came. which lets members add court locations. schedule events and read the latest tennis news. clay and grass courts.
The founders. Realworld meet-ups can be arranged for as well. Source: [Wired] Sexy Online Dating Springwise: One to watch is Naughty America.even for the generation that's grown up with the internet. photos and video. Naughty Dubai." said Rich Stoebe. which sells yearbooks.But skeptics wonder if the free website can ever truly replace the traditional printed chronicle of high-school memories -. there's a vibrant opportunity to set up Naughty Belgium. "Students continue to say they prefer print yearbooks for obvious reasons. etc. launching this summer. and meeting up. It's an adult (18+) massively multiplayer online dating game. California based Boompa is just that . And although they're inviting players from across the globe. class rings and other scholastic memorabilia. director of communications for Jostens. or turn on their webcams for some real world 'action'. where players can create their own avatars and explore a 'sexy' world.104 - . Given the huge success for anything that involves social software. Source: [Springwise] MySpace for Cars We have social networks for just about everything these days. . Ethan Lance and Dave Snider. previously worked together at CNET before starting this company. If there’s one for dogs and cats.a new web startup focused on car fanatics (and better yet. Naughty Singapore. will anyone want to haul a laptop to the 25th class reunion? And what happens if the technology changes or something happens to the dot-com? Jostens and other yearbook companies have responded to changes in technology by offering a supplemental DVD offering student-compiled music. Naughty America may well be the success its founders are expecting. it isn’t ridiculous). sex. why not for cars? Berkeley. After all.
The site is extremely well designed and uses Ajax effectively throughout. Source: [TechCrunch] Winning Together Today's apartment complexes. airlines." he adds. Which is where instant messenging comes in: as with real children. retailers. responding with over 45.digg.consumating.com.000 different answers about 3. other forward-thinking sites such as video sharing site Vimeo are also implementing the “dig” feature. which is derived from a quiz the couple takes before conception. Since then. a seasoned Silicon Valley executive with a Masters in Logistics Management. we wrote about the Internet trend of tagging. communication is the key. "This revolutionary Web-based listing service signals the arrival of a new type of free opportunity portal on the Internet. Users submit articles for review and also decide which articles go on the homepage by marking them “digg it”. Because Eccky is – in essence – a very fancy chatbot.105 - . Eccky (created by Media Republic) is a multi-player concept that allows two people to create a virtual baby. While Digg. www. add it to their MSN buddy list. tax consultants and a wide variety of other businesses extend lucrative offers to encourage customers to refer friends to their business. MutualWin. a site composed of links to technology news articles. .mutualwin. which is essentially giving it the thumbs up." Bernstein explains. is that its readers are also the editors. it can engage in a conversation. however. The parents then have 6 days (each real world day is equal to 3 Eccky years) to raise their Eccky into a happy. The articles with the most “diggs” go to the top of the page. Parents chat with their Eccky via MSN Messenger like they would with anyone else. credit card companies. The name comes from www. the practice has really taken off with everyone from bloggers to dating sites such as www.500 recognized topics.com using tags to make searching and identification easier for users. The look and characteristics of the child are based on the unique 'DNA' of its parents. vacation destinations.com has the copyright on the term “digg”. Source: [MutualWin] Playing with Eccky Appealing to the IM-generation. Michael Bernstein. connects consumers so that they can take advantage of a wide range of referral offers. "It's a Mutual Win!" California entrepreneur K. A new Internet site. and contact the owner and/or add him or her as a friend. developed the site. fulfilling the site's slogan. or want to own. The fact that just the two founders built the site in a few months is impressive. The latest web trend that tech insiders are buzzing about is digging. and guide it through its childhood and teens. Source: [Springwise] Digg It Just about a year ago. "Like-minded consumers nationwide can use the site to cash in on offers extended by all kinds of businesses. gyms. well-functioning 18 year old. Other users can tag and comment the vehicle.net. What makes this site unique.Users enter information on cars they own.
"We're a combination of a social networking and community site with a media and ad buying site. it's hard to beat such a formula. And after three months she realized she could quit her day job altogether.beyond their wildest Barbie dress-up dreams. It's free. But if a company really understands its customers. Source: [Wired] Xfire CNN Money: "If you make the product cool and people love it. but it also gives control to the users. Within a month. or Hotmail. landowners and currency speculators. Source: [TrendCentral] Virtual Riches Jennifer Grinnell. Michigan furniture delivery dispatcher turned fashion designer in cyber space. Source: [CNN Money] . or more relevantly. Mischief. But this tiny San Francisco company could be the next MySpace. Grinnell's digital clothing and "skins" allow users to change the appearance of their avatars -.their online representations -. you probably haven't. Or Xfire. The speaker in this instance was that company's CEO. Grinnell was making more in Second Life than in her real-world job as a dispatcher. the whole thing is "monetized" with advertising.106 - . One of its great virtues as a business is that it has little value for someone unless their friends also use it. are turning the virtual environment of Second Life into a real-world profit center. Otherwise. especially by those shaken when the dotcom bubble burst." says Cassidy. (Research) last year for $650 million. As Cassidy says. and Grinnell. a virtual world whose users are responsible for creating all content. Mike Cassidy. never imagined that she could make a living in a video game. whose avatar answers to the name Janie Marlowe. Now Second Life is her primary source of income. all designed around gaming. the online gaming site bought by News Corp. Google (Research) comes to mind. IGN. Grinnell isn't alone. positive and lacking ambiguity. If you're a male online gamer aged 18-34. Grinnell's shop.Digging could become a popular alternative to starred or numbered rating systems. chances are you've already heard of Xfire. is in Second Life. That's what we call a viral business model. Artists and designers. claims she earns more than four times her previous salary. it will spread like crazy and you can monetize it later. Xfire's main purpose is to make it easy to play games online with your friends. or Amazon (Research). The average user convinces five friends to join the first month. Not only is it simple." Talk like that is often ridiculed.
buoyant and bouncy. The bulbs are made from the Orbee-Tuff award-winning material that is doggie-durable. green and even glow-in-thedark. The two plush toys come packed with holiday glee with decorative “tinsel” in a clear reusable satchel with drawstring closure. Also. Seriously though folks.flavored holiday toy for any type of dog who enjoys play. A portion of every Planet Dog purchase goes directly to the Planet Dog Foundation. to support canine service programs. if you have a big dog that often takes you for a walk. They are reminders of lights my grandma and gram used to hang outside during the holidays. Now dog owners can bring that nostalgic look to their pup’s toy bin. Who needs to wrap these. The Obree-TUFF Bulb with a Treat Spot is a minty. Source: [Williamsport Sun-Gadget] Dog Scooter This new concept in near zero emission transportation could be just what you’re looking for. remember during this holiday season that Planet Dog is committed to canine philanthropy. The bulbs come all sizes for all dogs and in festive red. These plush squeakers are embroidered with the words “naughty” and “nice” on each with silver thread. I think it’s more the shape than the smell that is special about these toys. fat bulbs.Orbee-TUFF The minty-fresh smell of Planet Dog’s Orbee-TUFF balls may just send anyone (even the dog) into the holiday season. The manufacturer and inventor Mark Schuette of Oregon claims the human is in total control of the speed and direction of the dog powered scooter . the Treat Spot can be stuffed with favorite treats to keep your dog busy during your holiday fest. My favorite kinds of Christmas lights are the really big. Planet Dog’s non-profit. though we suspect that parking might be a problem. Planet Dog is proud to help spread cheer and goodwill to dogs that serve and support their best friends. here’s a great way to harness all that energy and travel the bike paths of your city at the same time. Hollow in the middle.107 - . They come complete with a silver threaded base.
108 - . two colors. the Cool Vest is now being sold in the United States to keep dogs cool in hot weather. Originally marketed in Japan. The Cool Vest comes in five sizes.because the dog is harnessed inside of the frame and subject to its steering (with 90 degree turns easy) and braking force. allowing the pet to stay cool as the water evaporates and takes away the heat. taking up to two hours. It can be re-moistened. Owners soak the vest in water and it remains wet. Source: [Dayton Daily News] . A laminated liner keeps the dog from getting wet and the special fabric dries slowly. Source: [Gizmag] Cool Vest Just in time for the hot dogs of summer — the Cool Vest.
range from melon. Customers in Mothercare. On the web. American Airlines AAdvantage. Source: [Times Online] .com (http://www. the baby and toddlers’ shop. meanwhile. The Sheraton chain. and the invigorating whiff of lemons. AARP. to figs. 800 hotel deals. miles.com deals and much more from programs including American Express. pumped into shops and the foyers of hotels. “Scent branding” is widespread in America and is now arriving in Britain. DealMine. The smells. AAA.com enables travelers and shoppers alike to bookmark their favorite deals and save their membership numbers – all in one place. With thousands of discounts. Source: [DealMine. or checking out at their favorite store.What's the Deal? Personalized comparison shopping site. Visa. By making our discounts and rewards search wireless. points and cash back rewards from credit cards. DealMine. Delta SkyMiles. we hope to make choosing the right deal much easier and more accessible.dealmine.com or http://m. 12 JCPenney. Veterans Advantage. which psychologists have found induces feelings of friendliness. frequent flier programs and associations. Free membership with DealMine.com) on any WAP-enabled wireless phone to compare deals and put them to work.com.com] Scent Branding The nostrils of consumers are to be assailed with a wave of artificial odours designed to lull them into parting with their money.com deals. said to be welcoming. Now when checking in at the rental car or hotel desk.109 - . can smell its distinctive “soft” odour. has begun to perfume the lobbies of all its British hotels with a chemical smelling like fresh fruit.” said Scott Cherkin.com is the only place consumers will find a one-stop shopping website that showcases how membership-based deals compare with general sales and discounts available to all consumers. DealMine.com announces the launch of its wireless application for consumers to access their membership deals on the road. “We are all members of countless programs designed to save us money. The site currently features over 100 car rental deals.dealmine. 11 Target.com guides shoppers how to take advantage of the programs where they belong as well as learn about new programs. CEO and Founder of DealMine. consumers can access DealMine. the hard part is keeping track of which deal is best. Upromise and more.
Calling Get & Go Express an “unmanned c-store” might be a bit misleading. It not only doesn’t have a staff, but the goods are all stocked in machines facing outward. What’s more, it doesn’t have tobacco, alcohol, gas or lotto tickets — c-store staples. And its profit margins are even more distinct from its traditional cousin. Founder Jeff Parsons is building the chain on a simple idea. He realized removing the employees would widen margins to the point that it was feasible, even without the traditional high-margin items that require employees to verify age. And he’s augmenting his efforts with kiosk technology: deploying DVD rental kiosks and ATMs in the mix. Source: [KioskMarketplace]
Smart Shopping Cart
It looks almost like any other shopping cart, except sensors let it follow the shopper around the supermarket and slow down when needed so items can be placed in it. And it never crashes into anyone's heels. "The immediate thing that jumped to my mind was all those times as a kid when my sister would accidentally hit me with a cart," said its inventor, Gregory Garcia. "It seems like the public would really want this, since everybody shops." His cart, also known as B.O.S.S. for Battery Operated Smart Servant, was one of about 30 robots displayed last week by University of Florida students. Source: [CNN]
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Intelligent Fitting Room
Researchers from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Institute of Textiles and Clothing have recently developed "An intelligent Simulator for Cross-selling & Up-selling using Smart Fitting Room & Smart Dressing Mirror". It is envisaged to help fashion retailers boost business volume by improving sales and customer services. This system uses the technology of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to detect items brought into a fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror. When an item is picked into the fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror, the product ID will be immediately detected and transmitted to the system through the antennae and reader. The mix-and-match database of the system will then deliver recommendations to the customer through a touch-screen LCD monitor or projected screen. In the fitting room, if the customer is interested to pick the recommended mix-and-match items, he/she can make their choice by clicking the items shown on screen. The salesman in the shop counter will thus be informed, through the intercom system, of the additional items required by the customer inside the fitting room. Source: [SFLORG.com]
Umbrella Vending Machine
Remember Norwegian 'Paraplyselskapet AS', who came up with the world's first fully connected umbrella vending machines? Well, Springwise guess they hit a bit of a rainy spot (maybe it was their name?), as the company is basically inactive these days. So bad idea, end of story? Not really: UK-based Umbrolly has resurrected the concept, and is busy installing machines all over London. There are currently 10 of them dotted around London, with a further 10 out at the end of this month. Machines sell approximately 50 umbrellas per machine per rainfall day. They also signed a deal to place the machines exclusively across the London Underground and will have 150 units on the network by the end of 2005. International expansion is also in the works: the company is in talks with location providers in Germany, Holland and the US. Source: [Springwise]
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When wedding guests don’t put out, savvy newlyweds cash in. Retailers are toasting just-marrieds with completion sales – post-honeymoon promotions that let start-up spouses score discounts on un-purchased registry items. Staples like Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn have all integrated completion programs or events into their pre-wedding registry services. Most post-wedding offers give newlyweds a 10% to 20% discount on unfulfilled registry items for three to six months after the ceremony. Registries help new couples pick up the picket-fence essentials – and get a head start on their new family homes. If guests don’t buy it, chances are they still need (or want) it. When it comes to registering for silver tuna items, it doesn’t hurt to ask. And if friends and family don’t bite on the big ones, enterprising newlyweds can always get a deal. Source: [Iconoculture]
Housework: bane of everybody's lives. Fact. I mean, no one actually enjoys dusting and polishing do they? So this gadget is sure to bring much happiness: RoboMop is a battery powered 8.5 centimetre dusting machine, replete with electro static pad no less. It's a strange contraption that looks as if the design team were visited by alien spacecraft shortly before receiveing their brief, and were thus inspired to create what looks like a flying saucer crossed between a hovercraft: that cleans. Any hard surface, apparently. And with 98% accuracy too. And if you're not sold already? Source: [Shiny Shiny]
Lying in his hospital room, on a mattress designed to protect his fragile skin, 13-year-old Achim Nurse poked his bandaged fingers at an orange button on what looked like a souped-up video game console. Half a second later, in a social studies class discussing the Erie Canal, a 5-foottall steel-blue robot raised its hand. "You have a question, Achim?" said the teacher. Achim is using a pair of robots — one, called "Mr. Spike," at his bedside, and its mate, "Mrs. Candy," in the classroom — to keep up with his schoolwork and his friends for the months he will be bedridden at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, just north of New York City. The robot in the classroom, which displays a live picture of Achim, provides what its inventors call "telepresence": It gives the boy an actual presence in the classroom, recognized by teachers and
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Babyplanners offer two programs: the ‘Good’ plan. Source: [Cool Tools] Babyplanners Services As Babyplanners state on their website: “your dedicated babyplanner takes care of all aspects of life concerned with the upcoming arrival: we help you decide what you need and when you need it. . Bob Langerfield. or pre-selecting and arranging birth prep or parent confidence classes. utilitarian gift. The cost is more than twice that of regular stamps (less if you buy them in bulk).my favorite hack was a Unabomber postage stamp. their stated policy)." said Andrew Summa. and the ‘Great’ plan. A 20-stamp sheet of these makes a nice personal. which contains all the details of the service new parents will want and need. and a timeline of when they need them. create the baby’s bedroom. and which then goes on to organize them. Achim's teacher. which filters products and services based on individual needs. "The robot literally is embraced by students in the classroom as though that is the medically fragile student. said his other students had become used to the robot — and were treating it as if it were Achim — after just a few days. Source: [AP via Yahoo!] Your Own Photostamps Vanity postage. The service is available again but I don't know what the actual image limits are (vs. You can also put business logos on them. I've seen them used for wedding/party invitations.classmates.113 - . We made some silly faces and they made stamps from them. which is in use at six other hospitals around the country. When the service was first introduced two years ago it was abused by clever pranksters -. or other non-political messages.” Think sourcing the best baby carrier. This pretty-easy-to-use website will generate official US postage stamps featuring a photo or illustration of your choosing (works well with iPhoto for instance). where to secure them. The Post Office shut the program down. national director of the robot project. It can move from class to class on its four-wheel base and even stop at the lockers for a between-periods chat.
cashing in on hard-earned skills and diaper-stained experience. Tokyo. Paris. Schiphol offers travellers the opportunity to get married at the airport. As a travel hub. well-earning new parents only increasing. but is normally between 6 and 8 per cent. the budget alternative for couples who want a quick and simple ceremony before flying off together. according to Zubka.With the number of time-starved. valuing transient experiences over fixed possessions. Organisations with vacancies to fill can advertise jobs for referrers to browse through for as little as GBP 10 for a four week posting. is hoping to shake up the British and European recruiting markets by creating a platform for hirers to tap into the social networks of active referrers. Increasing numbers of consumers are mirroring travel behavior in daily life. this is a great opportunity for any service-minded entrepreneur who’s been through pregnancy.114 - . Brides and grooms to be can pick from several packages. New York and Singapore to follow? Source: [Springwise] Airport Weddings New at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: weddings to go. . A referrer's reward depends on the starting salary of the person referred. to 'Say Yes & Go'.com wrote about earlier this week. Joining Zubka is free for both referrers and hirers. which launched recently. Whether a couple met on a flight to Bangkok or just wants to be able to go straight from ceremony to runway for their honeymoon. Successfully placing someone in a job with a basic salary of GBP 60. Source: [Springwise] Referral Economy Zubka. from the all-out 'Ticket to Paradise': get hitched and leave for a tropical destination together with your wedding guests.000. Schiphol gets the TRANSUMER trend that trendwatching.000 would therefore reap the referrer a tidy sum of around GBP 4.
Stuart Seller. hassle-free experience. activities and landing procedures. So all parents have to do is sit back. meal service. Source: [Iconoculture] Delivering Baggage This week. At the end of the session. Employing an army of college students on summer break." says Camp Trucking's 39-year-old owner. The services often deliver the bags directly to a bunkhouse and the bunk assigned each camper. It charges a flat rate.Recruiters are always looking for new channels that will help them find the right person for a job.without suitcases. They receive bags for a session all at once. Much of the baggage will be delivered back to their homes by small firms that have made a business of transporting campers' bags to and from the camps. Giving coach passengers – tall or short – first-class service that meets needs for comfort.115 - . More local versions to follow? Source: [Springwise] No Fear Flight Place your bags in an overhead bin. Typical is Camp Trucking. tennis rackets. a few days before the kids arrive. bags are returned -. the firm picks up baggage at the homes of campers and delivers it to camp just before a session begins. "We really are service companies that happen to be trucking companies. relax and enjoy the flight. Trained nannies help on the ground with boarding and seat assignment. Gulf Air’s Sky Nanny program is a complimentary service that gives parents and kids a more enjoyable inflight experience. Every aspect of Sky Nanny promises parents and kids a comfortable. convenience and experience could potentially inspire a long-term customer loyalty program. The service is useful to the camps. thousands of kids will be returning home from summer camp -. so rewarding people for rooting through their valuable networks makes complete sense. or even their dirty clothes. Source: [StartupJournal] .with some parents even arranging drop-offs at laundries and dry cleaners along the way. based in Denver. with no restrictions on size or for bulky athletic equipment and duffel bags that sometimes weigh more than 100 pounds. fasten your seat belts and hand your kids over. duffel bags. too. in the air with babysitting. rather then keeping track of arriving luggage. allowing the camp staff to focus on getting kids settled in. games.
A card costs ZAR 1.74/15 minutes). Facilities include open plan workspace that's open 24/7. thanks to a powerful mix of tech and social developments: everyone is online. when they eventually choose to get married. and gives holders access to all of the facilities at Habitaz. phone calls. and high speed online access. virtual offices.116 - . Habitaz is developing a network of furnished business centres. Like webcastmywedding. etc.a group that's growing explosively in South Africa. youtube!). More streams and an annual archive account can be had for an extra fee. Source: [Springwise] . each of which are charged by use. Source: [Springwise] Webcast My Wedding Springwise loves forward-looking ventures that manage to stick around until their time has truly come. while jet setting couples have friends in every major city in the world.Mobile Office A novel twist added by Habitaz is the pre-paid office card. the infrastructure is in place (the web is finally about broadband and video: thank you. While most of Habitaz' lease plans are per month. laptop. with free parking and 'bottomless Ethiopian coffee' (ZAR 22/hour). will have virtual friends in every country with an online connection. Not to mention Generation MySpace. shared work spaces and meeting rooms in South Africa and all major business hubs in the rest of Africa. support for up to 25 simultaneous viewers (who are sent a url and password). Perfect solution for travelling business people. who. and an on-demand archive of the wedding for 10 days. Customers need a video camera.000 (USD 145 / EUR 115). The company then charges USD 395 for setting up a live stream of the event. and start-ups -. globe-spanning immigration means family members literally live everywhere. delivery services.net. minute or megabyte. more and more couples choose to get married in exotic locations far from most of their friends and family. their pre-paid GreenCard allows customers to rent space and facilities by the hour. admin support and secretarial services (ZAR 19. Business is thriving. which broadcasts weddings to a couple's friends and family unable to come over from (or to) far flung places.
and download the material. Pricing is similar to that of online music and video downloads. Fuel for Travel lets consumers download travel guides. hopes that offering digital content will add to a more enjoyable travel experience for passengers. Members of test groups were especially interested in destination travel guides. Source: [Springwise] Energy Vending Machine . Letting customers create their own in-flight entertainment package makes perfect sense for travel hubs. Once they've found what they want. One to partner with and set up at an airport or train station near you? Just try and get Apple on board. pay by credit or debit card. Schiphol.Travel Entertainment Launched yesterday at Schiphol Airport. tv shows and movies to their MP3 players and other digital devices.117 - . music. they can dock their device. audio books. which is managing the project. The Fuel for Travel features listening and viewing stations for travellers to browse digital content.
" says Terry. each with 4 unique chargers that can power 90% of our mobile devices. Franchisees are empowered to grow their business to a size that matches their own personal ambitions. whether for wooing clients or informally closing deals. Eye Candy Caddies' mission is to make golf sexy. every caddy completes a special training program to learn the finer points of golf etiquette. and "Encourage and applaud where necessary. "The market has always been there. "What was required was someone to devise a system that could deliver the service reliably and profitably.118 - . glamour caddy services should take off in many markets. make payment with a coin or via SMS." The Local Window Cleaner is committed to supporting franchisees with comprehensive management and staff training. using a system that is more of a signing-up process than a form of marketing. but the same cannot be said for public places where electrical outlets are typically guarded against unauthorized recharging. In-home refuelling is a cinch. We sell reliability and peace of mind and our customers are very happy to pay our prices for it. [The Franchise Magazine] Golf Glamour Proving that every industry can benefit from innovation." explains Terry. which consists of 6 small lockers. Users simply plug in to the charger that corresponds to their device. but it's not what we sell. he discovered that the traditional domestic window cleaner has all but disappeared. The ChargeBox will top up your battery for 40 minutes at a cost of £1. Source: [Springwise] . iPods and the like. PDAs. So. Similar to Models At Work. the temp agency that we wrote about last year. The ChargeBox offers a solution. Eye Candy only works with models and other very pretty people. we are perpetually draining and recharging our batteries. the service is a hit with corporate golf events. and that's just what we've done.In a world that is obsessed with mobile phones. after two years of research and planning he has launched The Local Window Cleaner Ltd. Not just eye candy. Considering the continued popularity of golf around the world. Source: [The Cool Hunter] The Window Cleaner When Terry Mullins was searching for someone to clean his windows. lock their box and return when charging is complete. Window cleaning is what we do. including essential rules such as "Never laugh at a bad shot"." Appealing to a desire for glamour. prestige and a bit of fun. Caddies can be hired for GBP 150 and travel expenses. which covers 18 holes and an after-links drink at the club house. and the sport's strong ties with business." The Local Window Cleaner customers are 'recruited' rather than sold.
Source: [Iconoculture] Sell What You Say . and a 0. the more likely he is to win the bid. Other people then bid for the privilege of lending money to them.119 - . Going for highbrow clients. unlimited spring water. The lower the interest rate offered by the lender. requiring pets to be on active external parasite meds before check-in. Prosper facilitates. toys.5% annual loan servicing fee from lenders. But Mazzu’s Dog and Cat Hotel in Philadelphia aims to ease things with tony boarding options that include dinners of filet mignon or fresh salmon. in return for a one-time 1% fee on funded loans from borrowers. By providing the platform and tools for an efficient marketplace created by and for people. Source: [Springwise] Pets Hotels Ask any canine or kitty: It’s doggone traumatic when owners go away. with a listing of why they need the money." How it works? People who need money request it. and some numbers describing their credit rating. Pet owners who blow out of town and leave the critters behind have some serious guilt to assuage – and a compelling desire to keep their loved ones comforted while they’re gone. Mazzu’s rejects any and all “fleabag” hotel jokes. daily maid service and “unlimited personal affection. A standard “personal suite” gives furry family members a TV.” with add-ons like a fresh salmon dinner ($22) or filet mignon ($22). Prosper aims to make consumer lending more financially and socially rewarding for everyone. Pets-as-people consciousness says animals get stressed upon a change of scenery and the departure of their clan.Bid Your Loans "Prosper gives people the opportunity to take back the marketplace for consumer credit.
Source: [TechCrunch] Night Delivery Kozmo! Urbanfetch! Food.500 square foot loft space near Union Square. as well as a microwave. Any service that can be provided over the phone is a perfect match for Ether. but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built). The . a large round table and smaller café tables. which forwards to their phone.50). “Sellers” set their price. beverages. The buyer is able to access the content only after paying the agreed upon fee. Sellers only get calls once a Buyer has paid the fee and agreed to the terms. from free to anything (on a per minute or per hour basis). or accessed via a link/badge that can be placed on a website. divided into a writing room and a lounge area. Every seller is issued a toll free phone number (with a dedicated extension). Source: [Springwise] Room for Writers Paragraph ("providing an affordable and tranquil working environment for writers of all genres") occupies a 2. beautiful flowers now grow on the graves of many a failed dotcom. Orders are placed online or over the phone. diapers and sandwiches. After 9 started delivering stuff to demanding Istanbulites in need of urban necessities like condoms. Sellers can also sell any type of digital content through Ether as well. Service providers set up an account by providing some personal information and a phone number that they would like to be called at. And the fun doesn’t stop there. They can tell Ether the hours they are willing to take calls. those were the days! But as predicted. Once they agree to terms. Opening hours are 9pm–6am. cigarettes. and are delivered by motorbike or car in 45 minutes or less. they can place the call. Buyers can search through providers.The concept of Ether is straightforward. There's a refrigerator and cabinets to store members' food and beverages. The minimum order size is USD 7 (EUR 6/GBP 4). In Istanbul. etc. This content can be emailed out to people. Ether takes a flat 15% of fees for its trouble. toaster oven and coffee maker.more on that below). allowing people to charge for advice over the phone (and by email . The writing room has 38 partitioned desks. For this urban luxury. They cover long distance charges and credit card processing fees out of this 15%. Ah. They call it an “ebay for services”. feedback.com! Ordering a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a video from your East Village studio in your underwear. while the lounge area contains a kitchenette. but the average order is closer to USD 20 (EUR 17/GBP 11.120 - . customers pay a 25-30% premium compared to regular supermarket prices. see prices.
who doesn't care as much for the clothes as you do? We speak the same language: fashion. Source: [TrendBlog] More than Laundry Slate is an all-inclusive laundry service for NYC residents available through the web. and is open 24 hours a day. they as new as the day you bought them at Barneys. open spaces for art. receive a Slate hamper. but underneath we are a fashion label.space has a laser printer and wifi throughout. no financial surprises: Slate does the sorting. 7 days a week. then choose a pick-up time. tagged. Paragraph has signed up 120 members. When your clothes come back. easy and offer a variety of services which allow the customer to deal with his money independently and flexibly. Cleaned clothes come back wrapped. wet-cleaning. no counting and itemizing. and determines which garment needs to be cleaned by which process (anything from hydro-carbon. In Slate's own words: "You are dealing with someone who speaks your language. Source: [Springwise] More than Banking Banks of the Future create a stylish and user-friendly atmosphere. Free seminars and events make it easy for first-timers to start dealing with their finances and get involved with the money market. Target group are people of any income level who want to associate their finances with fun rather than with a strict official approach. Customers sign up for a weekly flat fee of USD 50-60 (GBP 29-35/EUR 42-50). Monthly access fees range from USD 80 to 132 (EUR 67110/GBP 45-75). and don't need to be published authors: a strong drive to write is enough.121 - . Which means no standing in line." Source: [Springwise] . culture and discussion. You bought USD 250 dollar jeans and you are taking them to be cleaned where? To the run-of-the mill cleaner in his dreary shop down the block. and good as new. The banks of the Future make banking simple. So far. On the surface we are a clothes cleaner. to regular laundering). 365 days a year. as the company uses a combination of bio-degradable and organic agents. The environment also gets a gentler treatment. hand washing. And it is about more than just money: Banks of the Future present themselves as meeting-places. Members are assigned a pin code to access the space.
Inventor and company founder Louis Rosenberg hopes to change all this with reconfigurable footwear. running or playing sport.Mobile Barbers Do you find your weekends being eaten up by errands? Thanks to an ingenious local entrepreneur. Some of OnSite’s stops are open to the public. But. Conventional shoes that are ideal for some activities are unsuited to others. Source: [New Scientist] . when current from a battery or a piezoelectric generator is fed through the tubes. Normally. The soles of his new shoes have several hollow bladders. Dena Kaufer. connected via narrow tubes. depending on whether they are walking. has retrofitted three Winnebagos into full-feature salons on wheels. and filled with a deformable and electrically-activated liquid – such as an ester or amide of a phosphorous-based acid. letting the bladders self-adjust as the foot rocks from heel to toe and rolls from side to side. the liquid flows freely through the tubes. you can now eliminate a trip to the hair stylist from your To Do list. a 20-year veteran of the hair biz. the liquid hardens restricting flow and making the bladders firmer.122 - . This is because feet often need different kinds of support. Her team of stylists drive their mobile barber shops onto the campuses of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms so employees can get a quick snip-and-trim without leaving the company office park. Source: [The Wave Magazine] Smart Soles A Californian company called Outland Research hopes to put high-tech intelligence into sports shoes. while some stops are designed for campus employees only.
Bossaball also embraces . Bossaball has become somewhat of a "phenomenon" in Spain with players using all parts of their bodies to pass the ball over a net volleyball style. beach volleyball. A friend of ours told us about a sport. It is a standalone unit that can be ridden anytime. snowboarding.123 - .Ridewire Thrill Daytona Beach area upstart Slingboard Sports introduces "Ridewire". and other action sports. wakeboarding. Bossaball that seems to be embracing this desire for the birthday party apparatus of yesteryear and combining it with sports. Bossaball combines many sports – soccer. outdoor and mobile mount systems. Ridewire is generating a buzz due to its unique. lack of restriction and if all safety systems are used it can be a safe and thrilling zero-impact activity for both adrenaline junkie and individuals looking for a fun new thrill ride. and gymnastics into one giant pitch that consists of trampolines and inflatable cushions. capoeira. The Ridewire system is an innovative new ride and training system that is capable of performing the manuevers and thrills found in surfing. Originating somewhere between the rock of Gibraltar and the Port of Antwerp. innovative design. Source: [Slingboard Sports] Bossaball Phenomenon We have to admit that our adolescent desire for the inflatable "Moon Walk" has never really left us. anywhere on engineered indoor.
the crowd with the referees entertaining fans and bands playing live percussion combined with whistles and a DJ. then flail their way to gaming glory. Macs and free WiFi (for the Linux laptop-toting set?). given that 16 percent of American children aged 12-19 are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead of mashing buttons. players then kick. The 'pad doesn't require special software and works with many existing games. Keeping kids at play in accordance with faith principles can prevent tykes from coming under the spell of bad influences. including dance and sports games. Source: [Josh Spear] Game Fitness One day in the future. Source: [Engadget] Bodypad Fighting The Bodypad fighting simulator turns Xboxers' and PlayStation playas' bodies into gaming pads. a DDR-clone called "In The Groove 2" and the Cybex Trazer. there have to be ways to get kids into more healthful habits. a "study center" with PCs.thankfully. a virtual realitytype game that maps physical movements to the on-screen action. kids have a new type of fitness center in Mountain View.124 - . which opens tomorrow (and restricts membership to kids 13-18) includes a regular workout equipment area. everyone's supposed to be exercising regularly in order to stay well and fit -. The Bible Trading Card Game offers an alternative. faith-filled parents aim to protect their offspring from corrupting forces. Bodypad's system of straps wraps around gamers' fists. Harry Potter and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards still aren’t welcome in some Christian homes. we're sure that everyone will be strong. elbows and knees. punch and choke at nothing in efforts to defeat their virtual opponents. and a tournament is under way. replete with 240 cards bearing biblical figures. But today. California (home of Google!) which aims to appeal to the children of Silicon Valley reared on a steady diet of gadgets. Source: [Iconoculture] Bible Trading Card Game Despite widespread acceptance. As we all know. Overtime Fitness. locations and verses that kids memorize to score points. Gamers with get-up-and-go don the goofy apparatus. Like secular parents. The edutainment game tutors kids in the scriptures and faith (play begins with prayer) and encourages Sunday school attendance: That’s where rarer cards are distributed. Kids and parents already have taken a liking to the card game: The first printing sold out. good-looking and above-average. Source: [Iconoculture] .
who was drinking a beer. Beasley left prison three years later. Eagle Industries Ltd.'' It was a big hit last year in New York and Vancouver. Entering the game costs $35. Califano is one of 130 contestants armed with water pistols who are stalking each other this month throughout San Francisco. as well as his current manufacturer. The idea is to squirt your assigned victim before you get squirted by the player who has been assigned to squirt you. and its creator bills it as a "water gun assassination tournament. showing his creation to local pool halls and sporting goods stores.'' said would-be assassin Nicole Califano. "Think you've got what it takes to be an assassin?'' says the game's Web site. where many people have even odder ideas about pastimes than they do here. Source: [Entrepreneur] The Assassin For an attempted assassination. Beasley dreamed up the game in 1999 while serving a sentence.com] . in November 2002. waiting to ambush and squirt total strangers. a new game that combines golf and billiards into one. Beasley expects 2006 sales of more than $5 million. if I don't die first. British Columbia. As he watched a golf tournament get rained out on TV. and the last person left dry gets $500. Whoever gets squirted is out of the game. After inviting a few of the neighborhood kids to test out his new game. Beasley hit the road.TableFlip Entrepreneur: Beasley is the creator of table golf. "I'm going to feel pretty good about shooting someone. Armed with his idea and some crude blueprints he had drawn. Beasley were his game caught the eye of a representative from The Price Is Right. It's called Street Wars. which was not helping to steady her trigger finger any. there sure was a lot of giggling going on. he wondered what golfers did on rainy days. Source: [SFGate.125 - .
but noticed that few people seemed to keep cash in their wallet anymore for the collection bag. Since then. he/she must be wearing a shirt as well. The shirt works with Bluetooth + a Hug Me java software + a cellphone and in order for the other person to receive the hug. He had just kicked off a $3-million building drive.126 - . kiosk giving has gradually gained acceptance among his upper-middle-class flock. and found ATM companies willing to assemble it for him. It was nominated as one of the best inventions of this year by the Times Magazine so that is probably a good thing. So he began studying the electronic payment business. or not… Hug shirts don’t have any assigned phone number. He designed his machine with the help of a computer programmer who attends Stevens Creek.Hug Shirt The Hug Shirt is perfect for people in love that are distant from each other. all the data goes from the sensors Bluetooth to your mobile phone and your mobile phone delivers the hug data to your friend’s phone and it is seamlessly transmitted Bluetooth to his or her shirt! Source: [Uber-Review] ATMs for Church Baker came up with the kiosk idea a couple of years ago. it basically offers the possibility to recreate a hug feeling and not on a virtual kind of way. In early 2005. he introduced the first machine at his church. The three kiosks are expected to .
take in between $200,000 and $240,000 this year — about 15% of the church's total donations. "It's truly like an ATM for Jesus," Baker said. This summer, Baker and his wife, Patty, began selling the devices to other churches through their for-profit company, SecureGive. They are its only employees, but a handful of contractors help them custom-tailor the machines for churches. The kiosks can let donors identify their gift as a regular tithe or offering, or direct it to building or missionary funds. The machines send information about the donation to a central church computer system, which shoots the donors an e-mail confirmation. The Bakers charge between $2,000 and $5,000 for the kiosks, which come in a variety of configurations. They also collect a monthly subscription fee of up to $49.95 for licensing and support. And a card-processing company gets 1.9% of each transaction; a small cut of that fee goes to SecureGive. Source: [LATimes.com]
Bytes, a new cafe in the UK town of Canterbury (of Chaucer fame), is making a name for itself with its high-tech ordering system. Aside from helping Bytes save money on wait staff and menu printing, the touchscreens allow the restaurant to build a database of customer preferences, and to change items and prices on the fly. The touchscreens also double as game consoles, keeping the kids occupied. So far, patron response to the touchscreens is overwhelmingly positive, and the owner is already considering opening a second location. As long as customers respond just as enthusiastically to the food, Bytes appears to have a bright future. Source: [FutureWire]
Fuel Cell Toys
At last – energy independence for toys. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies' fuel cell toys are small-scale vehicles powered by the energy source of the future. Its H-racer miniature fuel cell car features an onboard hydrogen fuel cell system. Fill 'er up at the miniature hydrogen refueling station. Sure it's educational – but more important, it's cool! Toys that offer a taste of tech to come appeal to kids and tech-loving grownups (or their "children within"). With all the press that fuel cell tech has gotten, curiosity over hydrogen-powered engines is high. Toys with the tech offer an affordable way to check it out. Source: [Iconoculture]
Replay That Smell
Imagine being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images.
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Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you using a host of non-toxic chemicals. The device could be used to improve online shopping by allowing you to sniff foods or fragrances before you buy, to add an extra dimension to virtual reality environments and even to assist military doctors treating soldiers remotely by recreating bile, blood or urine odours that might help a diagnosis. Source: [New Scientist]
Read Without Flipping
If you drop by a show house for an apartment in Korea, you will see that you can read a book without turning pages using RFID technology. If you have a book, desk, and a display equipped with RFID chips, now you can read the whole contents through a large display just by putting the book on the desk ; antenna reads the chip information and delivers them to the display. Of course, you can actually use your hands - if you want - for a touch screen or a remote control. Absolutely royalist is'nt it!! Source: [AVING]
How to Play Cassette Tapes on your PC
Okay, class, in today’s history lesson, we’ll be learning about primitive forms of technology. You see, before MP3 players or iPods, and even before CDs, back in the ’80s and ’90s, people listened to music on devices called cassette tapes. And thanks to the Plusdeck 2, a cassette deck for computers, we can bring it back to life. All we do is slide the internal drive into the CD drive bay, pop in this plastic rectangle known as the
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cassette, and we can listen to the tape (that’s street for cassette) through our computer. Any questions? Source: [DailyCandy]
Easy Page Scanning
Atiz Innovation: What if you could digitize any book you want with just the push of a button and without having to go through the tedious process of turning the pages manually? BookDrive® -- the world’ s first and only desktop-sized, automatic page-turning scanner featuring a patent-pending technology that eliminates manually copying and scanning documents. It is just like any traditional flatbed scanners that you are familiar with, but BookDrive is unique in that it has an automatic page-turning mechanism inside. Simply entering the number of pages you want to scan, BookDrive then automatically outputs the entire content of the scanned book in a digital format without requiring constant supervision and interference. Unlike traditional flatbed scanners, BookDrive enables businesses to digitize content with an automatic page-turning mechanism. BookDrive includes an integrated, easy-to-use software function that performs essential tasks such as auto cropping and image clean-up. Outside is a simple interface. Under the hood it embodies advanced software algorithms to automatically detect edge and crop the results so that what you have resembles the actual scanned page. Source: [Atiz Innovation's BookDrive]
Digital Wine Cellar
These days, more and more people are enjoying the habit of drinking wine because they find this habit healthy. In the future, life will be rich so that common people will enjoy wine. Since how one keeps wine determines the taste and the smell, preserving wine will become more important. Coming from this point of view, we designed a digital wine cellar which keeps wine and also act as a decoration in the house. Function-wise, this machine adjusts temperature according to different kinds of wine, indicates quantity of wine bottles, and controls air circulating up, down and sideways within the wine cellar. Also, interior lighting function is added, so that this conceptual preservation machine can not only keep wine fresh but also act as a decoration. Source: [Yanko Design]
Aged Wines in Few Seconds
Aging is the name of the game when it comes to fine wine. Top producers mature their brews in oak barrels; connoisseurs will keep a bottle in the cellar for years so they can savor the complex bouquet at its peak. For Hiroshi Tanaka, all that waiting is just a waste of time -- and he says he's got the machinery to prove it.
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S. west of Tokyo. iPods and PDA’s." he said. recorded to CD or downloadable to cell phones. no need for storage. tourist sights or foreign cities. So far. users can explore geographical spaces with the eye of an insider."We can now electrolyze young wine and ship bottles of fine wine out in no time at all. no need to invest in barrels. "Think of the savings we'll make. Source: [CScout] . president of Japanese startup Innovative Design and Technology Inc." declared Tanaka. with young wine to treat and sell. The most obvious applications are audio tour guides.. BW2 hopes to sell the bottles on the Internet later this year for an affordable US$5. Tanaka said. Source: [Mainichi] Seeing The World By connecting the real world with information from the Internet. which runs a small laboratory in Hamamatsu. BW2 Holdings. There is a huge variety of technologies which can be used to enable visitors to find their way around the globe.130 - . affiliate. Shorter production time. New online tools enable users to tag certain locations with special barcodes which let interested visitors retrieve the hidden information with their cellphones. most applications are used to tour museums. The company is in talks with wineries in California and Washington state to start providing its U.
So we did!" Source: [tosh] Mystery Threatre . Having travelled to almost a hundred cities in over 40 countries. we said! It's about time someone created some stylish and affordable mementos of all the places we've been. we hasten to add.Tosh Souvenirs Tosh is about the souvenirs you always wished you could find. we've always found it near impossible to find anything original.131 - . (And.The same faded postcards. Perth or Penang. it seems that in the age of mass tourism. Enough. stylish or affordable worth buying. nothing quirky. Nothing original. The same "hand made" ornaments (in China that is!) The same tiresome t-shirts. everything has started to look the same. In the words of the founders: "We founded tosh in 2004. this was not through a lack of trying!) Whether it's Prague.
Prepaid trips from Contiki were the most desired gifts amongst the recently graduated Class of 2006. while exploring at their own pace. After signing up. audiences are more like “participants” as they’re on their feet for the duration of the performance. Source: [TrendCentral] Youth Vacations In addition to jewelry and electronics. telling them where to meet. picking up clues along the way from “random” encounters with Accomplice cast members. or even in any theatre for that matter. (Think of it as the new version of the popular ‘80s Murder Mystery Party. Guides lead travellers to all the best sights but unlike most tightly-scheduled tour programs. .The latest hot show in New York isn’t in the Theatre District. participants receive a “mystery” phone call a day or two prior to the show. part walking tour. Accomplice: New York is giving participants a whole new way to experience the city.132 - . part scavenger hunt. recent high school grads have been telling us the most sought after graduation gift isn’t actually a material possession. Part theatre. Contiki is a hip vacation company that gives participants the opportunity to travel the world. Ann Noon offers a guide. Source: [TrendCentral] Quirky Nights Under French Skies You can stay in France in anything from a Yurt to an Airstream caravan. travellers are “free” to check things out on their own without a guide breathing down their necks.) Teams of eight then embark on a crime-solving Lower Manhattan-based adventure. but rather an experience. In fact. Targeting 18-35 year-olds. even among locals who previously thought tours are just for out-of-towners.
the Mille Etoiles encampment is home to 12 individually-designed yurts scattered throughout a peaceful oak forest. are designed for maximum comfort. Taking something slightly dull – a camper – and turning it into something fresh. also in the Ardèche. Each of their nearly 100 campers is given an aerosol overhaul by a New Zealand artist. overlooking some of the most rugged scenery in France. The caravans. Escape Rentals is a New Zealand camper rental company that sets itself apart by letting artists turn camper vans into art on wheels. the surrounding parkland feels very Mediterranean. For honeymooners. three of the yurts are hidden deep in the woods with their own miniature camp kitchen and ecological toilet. Paint jobs draw from the whole spectrum of visual art and pop culture. Handcrafted from different woods. which each sleep five. Escape Rentals is attracting travellers who are tired of mass tourism and looking for a more unique experience. a Sioux Indian village with six "authentic" wigwams decked out in skins and pictures of chieftains of yore. olive groves and vineyards all around. from kiwiana to Far Side comics and Maurice Sendak to Pablo Picasso.Yurts: Squatting at the top of the Ardèche river gorge. Teepees: In the western Loire stands Le Bonheur de Vivre. each tent is furnished with a double or king-sized bed and has a relaxation area complete with hammocks. with optional extras like mobile phones and solar showers charged separately.133 - . at around NZD 59 (USD 37/EUR 29) per day. Rental rates are competitive. Gipsy caravans: Four fully equipped gipsy caravans with en-suite bathrooms are the main reason to stay on the Saint Cerice estate in the pretty village of Vogüé. Source: [Telegraph UK] Funky Campers In keeping with today's mobile theme. Source: [Springwise] . With cherry trees.
There are three types of membership to choose from: Nomads get 1 years membership and 7 nights on the island for GBP 120 / USD 210. tribewanted is looking for 5000 people from around the world to become part of a tribe that will not only exist online. The trip is handled by multilingual trainers jogging tourists along predefined routes. says the Sightjogging website. tribewanted is creating a global tribe that will develop a sustainable eco-community on an island in Fiji. The clients are met at the hotel or at predefined locations and during the route the trainer gives cultural information about the highlights of the route itself in the language chosen by the clients. Hunters are members for 2 years and can stay for 14 nights (GBP 240 / USD 420). In short. not to be missed on your first visit to Rome.Peter’s Basilica. the tribe will be formed and will start to make tribal decisions by voting through the online community at tribewanted. In what seems like a hippie dream crossed with an episode of Survivor.Join the Tribe Launched last week by two young British entrepreneurs. Well . on issues such as the name of the tribe.you don’t have to make that choice anymore! The ever resourceful Romans have come up with a whole new take on sightseeing in Rome. Angelo and the magnificent St. the latest trend for the fitness-conscious visitors of Rome is a guided tour of Rome whilst jogging. Source: [Italy Magazine] . Another route takes you in 60 minutes through 2000 years of history round the Imperial Forums and the Colosseum. “An absolutely striking route.com. When the 5000th member joins. through the city’s very heart and across the Tiber River. 100 at a time. you get to Castel S.”. which I am sure will have traditionalists jumping up and down with rage.just have a couple of hours at your disposal . You find yourself in Rome . and is being leased to tribewanted by the local tribal chief.and are not sure whether to spend them in the gym working out or sightseeing. on 'Adventure Island'. and how to build an island community in an environmentally friendly way. Adventure Island is known as Vorovoro. and Warriors are member for 3 years and can stay for 21 nights (GBP 360 / USD 630). Source: [Springwise] Sightjogging We are sure this happens to everyone all the time. type of infrastructure that will be required. but will also settle.134 - . On the map. One of the routes claims to take you in 90 minutes and 5 miles down the Spanish Steps.
and the stewardess’s tortured life story. you’ll always be able to give things a rest. the headrest.In Need of SkyRest Modern aviation is nothing to laugh at. or back support during long layovers. Because it easily inflates and deflates.135 - . Before the situation goes from bad to worse (her teen years were soooo tragic). Just set it in your lap and snooze. The angle ensures that your head always stays forward. Especially when you discover that your $600 ticket entitles you to an extra pack of peanuts. Although crying about it is quite acceptable. The miraculous. Source: [DailyCandy] Cabs for Pink Ladies . Or use it as an impromptu table. and your neighbor’s shoulder. a seat that doesn’t recline. the window. pull out the SkyRest. wedge-shaped travel pillow makes even the most uncomfortable spots downright pleasant. foot prop. No more back and forth between the tray.
Then you'll need to ask the airline to put you in adjoining seats." said Sir Richard Branson. Virgin Galactic will own and operate privately built spaceships. who established Gills Driving School thirty-five years ago. The Pink Ladies drive Renault Kangoos that are pink inside and out. AirTroductions. book discussions. Once you have a ticket. modeled on the history-making SpaceShipOne craft. To get to space. With that in mind.000 initially but the company expect prices to fall over time. Source: [Springwise] Astronaut Miles Frequent flyer miles will for the first time be good beyond this planet. Flying Club members will be able to convert their regular miles into space miles. You'll pay $5 if you contact anyone.136 - . based on a new offering from Virgin Atlantic airways and its space-related sister company Virgin Galactic. To get started.com. No wonder that many women feel safer taking a taxi driven by a woman. It might as well be someone you like. a new Web site.com] Social Networking in the Sky Airline flights are one of the few situations where you find yourself wedged against a total stranger for hours at a time. romance -whatever it is you want from a seatmate. 10 women are attacked each month after getting into an unlicensed mini-cab. which won the Ansari X-prize for repeat trips to space by a privately built craft. "I have quite a number of truck owners contacting me and asking if I knew of anyone who had recently passed the artic. paid by credit card or with a 'pink account'. and fares are either pre-paid." . and created the UK's first women-only private car hire franchise. Passengers sign up as members. Tiernan Gill. "We expect the first Virgin Galactic space flight to take place in 2008 which gives our Flying Club members time to save up all their miles. Source: [SPACE. aims to match like-minded fliers for business networking. enter your flight data to see who is signed up on the site for the same flight. which is both convenient for members and safe for drivers. Source: [BusinessWeek] Truck Drivers Agency A Ballina man who is already one of the most successful businessmen in the West of Ireland is embarking on a new venture to match potential employers with qualified drivers who are available for work. "A journey into space seems like a distant dream for many but this deal makes it more even more achievable for our frequent travelers to become astronauts. making them highly visible. licence and who was looking for a job. Pink Ladies spotted a business opportunity. you'll need to fill out a short form that includes your bio as well as preferences on topics such as hotels (Holiday Inn or Four Seasons?) and clothes (Prada or Levi's?). said. members will need to log 2 million miles down here. chairman of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic.In London alone." Virgin Galactic commercial flights are expected to cost $200.
plus a 10% "convenience fee. The ‘Texxi’ service allows users to text their house address and postcode to the Texxi SMS number. He said the agency. Passengers will be directed to pre-determined ‘muster points’ to meet up with their driver who will have received a text confirming each passenger’s booking reference. which is the first of its kind in Connacht. Having fewer airlines will exacerbate the already lousy service that makes so many people hate to fly these days--the long waits. and then share the journey with other passengers going to the same area.one to ten . Bikers dial up for quick and easy ways to protect their bicycle investment. The system will then aggregate other passengers wanting to go to the same area and confirm details of the taxi driver’s name and badge number to the passengers. the delays. As bicycling continues to roll as a viable commuting alternative. route shakeouts and confrontations with unions. Lockers cost $2 per day. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS A Texxi Technology firm Crane Dragon has begun testing a new taxi service in Liverpool that encourages travellers to text a taxi request via their mobiles." The service is available in Denver. The commercial airline business is going through another round of bankruptcies. Source: [NetImperative] Pogo Airline-Taxi Service It's time for a revolution in business travel.137 - . the lost . at UCLA.He added that qualified drivers were very hard got at present and potential employers often had to go through a lengthy process of advertising and interviewing on a number of occasions before they got the right person. Tiernan Gill says what he intends to do is to interview drivers who are looking for jobs and then to rate them . and at select stations of San Francisco’s BART and Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Transit Authority systems. Source: [Western People] Parking Space Reservations and convenience services widen the range of possibilities for those who use pedal power. Why fight the crowd at the bike rack? Clancy Systems International's Bicycle Parking Network allows bikers to use their cellphones to reserve and pay for bike storage. Customer accounts are linked to cell numbers. services and amenities that cater to bikers' special needs – like parking stations with showers and changing rooms and valet bike parking – are going to become more important. for the employee it opens up a wide range of opportunities for jobs all over Connacht and for the employer it represents time and costs saved in interviewing and advertising. presents a lot of advantages for both the employee and the employer. enabling automatic monthly billing. Users locate available lockers online and then use their cells to reserve space and retrieve access codes for drop-off and pickup.on a number of factors including driving ability and personality. For example. the cancelations.
" says Crandall. "If you're in Syracuse and want to go to Portland. and we'll say. Me. the pilot loads your bag and away you go. "You drive up to the airport minutes before your flight. situated within a half hour's drive of 93% of Americans.. ‘Yeah." says Burr.400 smaller airports. no terminals and no baggage handlers. but we can pick up at 4:30. through which 90% of travelers pass. You might say I want to go at 4 p. reports the Air Transport Association of America. there's been a 21% drop in passenger volume for flights of 500 miles or less. we will probably be over in Rochester and have to fly over and get you. At this point it's little more than a grand plan.138 - . using Web-based software to route small aircraft as needed. The jets will fly point-to-point among the nation's largely underused 5. Crandall and Burr are calling their air taxi service Pogo--after the stick that bounces. 63. Short flights aren't worth the hassle anymore. who still chain-smokes his cigarettes down to the filter. $8 million in capital and a small fleet of new-generation lightweight jets on order. not Walt Kelly's cartoon possum. we can't go at 4. Since 2000.m. These airports are free of the aggravating congestion of the 50 largest domestic hubs. 68. "There're no ticket counters.. The idea is to introduce air travel on demand.'" Pogo will begin service next year with a new class of six-seat minijets flying from North Carolina to Maine.bags. "The planes will go wherever the customers go." Source: [Forbes] .
private cooking lessons. mail questions and telephone calls.Y. we know that there are a major amount of kids watching from as young as 5 up to 15 years old. Although still conjested and plagued with poverty. "Based on our Web site traffic. the latest trend in extracurricular activities for children ages 4 to 16 is cooking class. metrosexuals weren't just a passing fad --people now comfortably identify themselves as such. to cooking class. getting kids in the kitchen for something other than meals is about capturing a bit of nostalgia. Most commonly found travelling from the US to Asia in search of a bargain." jetrosexuals revel in fashion and travel.'' says Stephen Hengst. and the booming Asian textile industry." So they send them. kids flock to see celebrities like Ray and superstar chef Emeril Lagasse. but life is so hectic they don't have time to do the same for their kids. Now it appears there is a new name for members of the fashion-forward jetsetting set. It all started years ago when European and American designers began outsourcing the production of their fabrics to Asia. noting that at book-signings and public events. And not just any cooking class.Rise of the Jetrosexuals A few years ago. Source: [Fast Company] Eatertainment for Kids Forget swimming lessons and soccer. Apparently. "They used to cook with their mother or grandma. a new sexual classification emerged on the scene. "Jetrosexuals.139 - . cooking birthday parties." O'Connor says. kids even make up a large part of the audiences for cooking shows. Applied to individuals who travel worldwide in search of fashion bargains. jetrosexuals are known to carry little more with them than an iPod and the latest issue of Vogue. a spokesman for the Food Network. As funny as I thought it was when I first heard the term "metrosexual. N. says Hengst. this city is now known as a tailoring hub. the new trend is being fueled by two things: Ridiculous airline discounts that chop $1000 fares to Asia to less than $50 from gateway cities." Also known as "flash-packers. Source: [HeraldNewsOnline. "Part of what we are seeing is a trend in 'eatertainment' with all the cooking shows. or go with them. And it's not just the jetrosexuals who are evolving -. There are culinary summer camps. spokesman for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. plus a plethora of new cookbooks for the young chef who aspires to be the next Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay. message boards. cheap faux couture clothing. and an eye for stylish. Indeed. says Mark O'Connor." I think it's even funnier that it stuck around.the money spent on textiles and fashion in Vietnam has brought about dramatic change in the economic and cultural landscape of Hoi An. jetrosexuals are known for having their passport ready to go at a moment's notice. Oh no. For the parents of budding chefs.com] Smoothies War .
the tense weeks when rival stations pursue a fierce oneupmanship of flamboyance and hype and the Nielsen-measured audience sizes determine future advertising rates.com] TV Advertising Trends One of the great contradictions of modern American life is that almost everyone watches television while almost no one agrees anymore about what it really means to watch television.6 percent to $21. this is where things get tricky. True. new episodes of ''Desperate Housewives'' and ''C. a wave of new consumer products has made it increasingly difficult to satisfy them. cell phones and MP3 players compete for kids' attention and parents' dollars. adding interactivity. By the 90s. For the past decade or so. We also know that local broadcast stations around the country will begin scheming -. now eight years old. Luff seemed to view the modern American home as a digital zoo where the lion is about to lie down with the lamb: radio is going on the Web.S. and whether we're paying attention while we're watching and even whether we're actually noticing the advertisements among the shows we may or may not be watching -. TV is going on cellphones. as video games. we know that as spring gets under way. Notably.well. creating whole new categories of educational toys and expanding the use of sophisticated electronics in products for kids as young as newborns. Just as programmers and advertisers are clamoring for a better understanding of the television audience. is the UK's biggest smoothie chain. London's Crussh. Warnings about obesity and increased awareness of the importance of eating five fruit a day have fuelled a surge in healthy eating. as he pulled out gadget after gadget to show me what he's up against. the Web is going on TV and everything. coffee shops took their place on every street corner. which opened its 15th branch just off Oxford Street in October. adding 6 percent to $400 million. is moving to video-on-demand (V.D.140 - .O. Source: [BBC] Toddler Tech From industry giants Mattel and Hasbro to smaller players LeapFrog and VTech. toy manufacturers are lowering the age ranges for their high-tech and educational offerings at this year's Toy Fair.I. expects to turn over more than £5m this year. Source: [MercuryNews. retail sales for the toy industry as a whole fell 3. the chief technology officer at Nielsen.to win the May sweeps. U.3 billion in 2005. But when it comes to figuring out how many of us are watching these shows. watching television in America has been defined by the families recruited by Nielsen Media Research who have agreed to have an electronic meter attached to their televisions or to record in a diary what shows they watch. The toy industry has responded by embracing technology. That followed a decline of 3 percent in 2004. But now that the noughties are well established. fast-food burger joints flooded UK town centres. it seems.In the 80s. The firm. according to NPD. This setup may not last much longer. The UK smoothie market is worth £100m and doubling yearly. betting that "toddler tech'' will help reverse several years of slumping sales. the new fast food fight is on a rather healthier battlefield. One day this January I sat in a Greenwich Village workroom with Bob Luff.just as they do every April -. NPD said that sales of learning and exploration toys rose in 2005.) and (quite possibly) the .S.'' and ''American Idol'' will battle for prime-time supremacy in the overnight Nielsen ratings. But perhaps most alarming to the toy business is slumping sales.
but summer's fast approaching." says Jeff Golub-Evans. Even the federal government has jumped into the act with its site. entry-level positions. ''Television and media. with or without registering. it's still March.is there a more appropriate place to hit up than traditional job sites? Some websites cater to just those needs. If current trends continue. The sites generally operate by charging employers a fee to advertise open positions. They might also lead students to jobs with nontraditional hours for those with college schedules to accommodate. depending on the site. A poll conducted in October 2003 found the figure to be 60 percent. But what if you're looking for seasonal or part-time employment -. "More and more patients go to dentists to look better rather than to feel better.141 - .gov. Studentjobs. a Manhattan cosmetic dentist. Think of the snap-on smile as the white-enameled cousin to the press-on nail. and The Kelsey Group.org and student-run newcomer JobSherpa. goes for $1. Only with this device.com purport to help students find jobs and refine their employment-seeking skills." Source: [Shreveport Times] Student Job Sites Hit or Miss Sure. 70 percent of American households now find local businesses using the Internet. For a high school or college student. Plenty of places on the internet are geared toward helping would-be employees find a job. Think of it as yet more evidence of a public firmly sinking its incisors into celebrity culture. which fits snugly over existing teeth. Students can search open postings for free.000. GrooveJob. "It's not just for health. Source: [Wired News] . with 73 percent using the local newspaper.000 to $3. The resin appliance.com. the Internet will become more popular for local business searches than newspapers in the next year. attaining Julia Roberts' million-dollar grin doesn't set someone back nearly that much.iPod and the PlayStation Portable. Some also offer extras like résumé-building help or tips for getting through an interview. Teens4Hire. The teeth also are more proof of dentistry's changing focus.'' Luff said over the noise of five sets tuned to five different channels. that means job-hunting season will soon be under way. ''will change more in the next 3 or 5 years than it's changed in the past 50. Those running the sites say they're more useful to students and those in their teens to early 20s than general job sites are because they list high-turnover.'' Source: [The New York Times] Local Shopping on the Internet According to a study conducted by market researchers Constat Inc. Source: [NewsTarget] Celebrity Smiles Emulating A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Halle Berry is a snap: The latest celebritychanneling accessory is a set of prosthetic choppers modeled after Hollywood's most Chiclet smiles.
Move your Nabaztag's ears and its spouse's will too.that's right . and his body can show off hundreds of colors and special patterns of light. But be careful because he is uncompromising . Inc. Details and designs are set to be unveiled by mid-2005. you'll even be able to yell at them when they've wandered too far from home. The idea is simple: it's a cell phone and GPS unit on a collar.copying the other rabbit's movements. today announced a joint venture to introduce new Bluetooth(TM)enabled wearable wireless communications devices for innovative hands-free operation of electronic devices. as long as you can put up with his moods! Okay. Nabaztag can move his ears. Sometimes he will even have his own random things to say. it automatically picks up when an approved number calls. so Nabaztag is smart and has personality . with its own private number. And as far as friendship. No word on an actual shipping product yet (their first announcement at all was in September).142 - . Inc. technology and innovation — to fuse Motorola's latest Bluetooth technology with Oakley's advanced eyewear concepts.but what about interpersonal skills? Can he relate well to you and other rabbits? Well. This bunny likes to nibble on WiFi [ThinkGeek] PetsMobility PetCell The PetsMobility PetCell is only a concept for now. pull RSS feeds and tell you the time. report the weather or stock market. play music. We'd say that's pretty smart .if he thinks that he didn't receive enough messages he might be unhappy.Smart WiFi Bunny So you are probably wondering if a rabbit can really be "smart"? Well this bunny can teach you tai chi.but he's also got personality. but it looks like something that could be surprisingly fun and useful for people who will spend any amount of money on their pooch. talk and whistle. Nabaztag can marry another rabbit . but the patent-pending collar could be great—if you don't mind spending a lot of extra cash on your pets. and Oakley. Motorola is collaborating with Oakley — a leader in eyewear design. Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications company. Nabaztag can let you know when you have a new email. read you today's headlines or give you his opinion of the previous week. Source: [Gizmodo] Wearable Wireless Motorola. allowing you to speak to your dog or cat (but probably dog) from wherever you are. . And with the GPS service enabled. read your e-mail. Using caller ID. sounds and lights.
Some technical challenges still remain."By teaming with Motorola. With their technology." Source: [wirelessIQ. Instead. Also. employees could move back to their "home floors" without selecting a floor number everytime. they wait for people. By combining RFID and image processing.) This technology seems to have many useful applications -. in an office building. Moreover.143 - . we're dramatically expanding the possibilities for our new electronics category.info] Smart Elevators Mitsubishi Electric Corporation developed a technology that combines RFID tags and cameras for controlling elevators." said Cos Lykos. The company wants to commercialize the technology in 5 years. Source: [Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun] . Vice President of Business Development. elevators don't make people wait for them.Handicapped people and the elderly may be able to get on an elevator without the trouble of pushing buttons. tags can be used to prevent unauthorized persons from getting on an elevator. they claim that their system could tell if a person wanted to use an elevator or was just waking near an elevator (without any intention to use an elevator. "Oakley's engineering team now has an expanded technology arsenal to develop new and innovative electronic products.
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